During this annual season of Thanksgiving, most of us pause to reflect on life and examine the many blessings for which we are thankful. Expressing our thankfulness is healthy. It gives us proper perspective and helps us overcome the difficult times—the setbacks, the disappointments, the “life happens” events. An attitude of gratitude keeps us grounded and focused on the things in life that really matter most.
Similarly, leaders need to demonstrate a grateful attitude in the way they lead their organization and treat their people. These days, many leaders take their positions of authority for granted, believing that they are entitled to their position. These types of leaders think that leadership is all about them, not the organization and the people they serve. They lack humility. They lack gratitude.
Conversely, GREAT LEADERS ARE GRATEFUL LEADERS.
They are grateful for…
– The opportunity and responsibility to lead.
– The people with whom they work.
– The chance to make a difference in the lives of others.
– The people who believed in them and mentored them.
– The organization they serve and the cause they champion.
– The customers they get to serve on a daily basis.
– The leaders who have set an example for them to follow.
The list could go on. The point is, every leader has much to be grateful for, even in spite of any challenging circumstances they may face. If you are a leader, take a moment today to reflect on the things that you are grateful for as it relates to your leadership role.
When you embrace an attitude of gratitude, it changes your perspective. It helps you realize that leadership is not about you—it’s about the organization and the people you serve.