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Become a Better Leader: Being Thankful

November 21, 2016

Become a Better Leader: Being Thankful

Are you being thankful enough?

Gratitude, according to author and professional speaker Geoffrey James, is an emotional muscle – flex it regularly, and lifelong success will follow. With gratitude, you’ll be better able to deal with the inevitable challenges that business and life throw your way. You'll also have an improved feeling of wellbeing that can impact every facet of your life.

You’re One of the Lucky Ones – You “Made It!”

Through your work ethic, commitment, and with the help of others, you’ve arrived at a position of responsibility. Don’t be complacent, though – you'll have to re-earn it every day and, more importantly, inspire those around you to deliver greatness.

Unlock Your Gratitude - Thank Those Who’ve Enabled Your Success:

You didn't succeed by accident or by yourself - people helped you up along the way. To fully appreciate this, try creating a list of the people who’ve influenced you and the effect they’ve had on your success. Write a note to each person simply stating your thanks and how they’ve helped you. Don’t worry if the help they provided you was long, long ago – genuine thanks have no expiration date. As William Arthur Ward once said, “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Keeping track of those who’ve helped you on your journey keeps you humble. It will also likely inspire you to take on a bigger mentoring role with others, which can also be tremendously rewarding.

Focus Team Recognition On Those Who Support You Every Day:

Recognizing your team helps improve their morale but also changes how they see you. There’s a magnetic quality about people who radiate positivity - a charisma that inspires trust, confidence and drive.  Do this regularly, and you’ll be a better leader and a pleasure to be around. 

Delivering regular and consistent recognition to your team is also one of the quickest ways to improve organizational performance. You’ll drive up their self esteem, create a more trusting environment, and reinforce expectations and norms. By creating a “culture of gratitude” in yourself and others your efforts will be greatly magnified.

Take The Time For “On The Spot” Appreciation:

Finally, don’t be overly formal when you're being thankful to your team. There is a time and a place for stiff recognition ceremonies but a true culture of gratitude is “always on.” On the spot appreciation needs to be an essential part of your toolkit and ready at any time.

We’ve created a simple tool to make that easier – the AttaCoin Token. These beautiful 1.75” metal coins recognize positive behaviors you may see around your workplace. There are versions available to recognize leadership, teamwork, creativity, effort, and more. In addition to the impact on employees, having these tokens on hand will almost certainly make you more attentive to what's happening around you.

Remember: the most successful are those who are able to appreciate it. Being thankful is the key!

 

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