3 Secret Powers of Gratitude that Make you a Superhero Leader

I’m not a fan of superstar leaders because leadership is about others. But grateful leaders are superheroes.

3 secret powers of gratitude

#1. Secret power of guidance:

Use gratitude to guide decisions.

Ask yourself, “Can I publicly express gratitude for the decisions I’m planning and the actions I’m taking?”

If you can publicly express gratitude to your team, customers, and leaders for your decisions and actions, it’s likely you’re doing a good thing.

You can’t say, “I’m thankful I broke your window with a baseball bat,” to the person who owns the window, for example.

Do what you can be thankful for.

Project: Imagine public expressions of gratitude to stakeholders based on current or past plans and decisions.

#2. Secret power of presence:

Gratitude brings you into the present even when reflecting on the past.

Victor Frankl found reasons for gratitude in Nazi concentration camps. Things might be bad in your organization but I bet they were worse in concentration camps.

Are things so miserable that it’s impossible to express gratitude in this moment?

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” Frank A. Clark

Project: Take out pen and paper and write down one thing you are grateful for right now.

#3. Secret power of energy:

The law of consequences says you get what you give. Output corresponds to input in magnitude and kind.

Express gratitude with exuberance.

Enthusiasm is contagious. Restraint in you becomes constraint in others. Guarded leaders have self-protective teams, for example.

Jubilant gratitude ignites vitality and engagement. Relentless fault-finding produces anxiety and depression.

Define shared behaviors and go nuts when you catch people doing them.

Project: Go on a 15-minute walk around the ‘shop’. Make yourself a little uncomfortable with the jubilance of your gratitude.

What are some powers of gratitude you have noticed?