Boost Your Leadership

November 3, 2021

Want to boost your leadership to the next level?

Amp up your gratitude practice.

Being consistently and intentionally grateful is a key component to effective leadership. Most leadership checklists don’t include this characteristic, but they should.

Here’s why.

  • It naturally boosts your mood – Spending just five minutes a day focusing on gratitude can measurably increase your happiness by more than 10%. As a happier person, you will be more productive and more likely to attract other happy people
  • It builds relationships – When you express gratitude to your team, you make them feel valued and important, reinforcing their connection and commitment to your working relationship. Many workplace surveys show that being appreciated is as important to workers as being paid well.
  • It improves decision-making – Gratitude helps you to focus on what is important and consistent with your values. When focus is clear, decisions are easier and more likely to be successful.
  • It supports optimism – A consistent focus on gratitude provides a reminder of all the things that have gone and are going well in your life. This supports a belief in positive outcomes, increasing your ability to cope when things are not going as well as they could.
  • It encourages exploration – Because gratitude focuses on the positive, it supports an expectation that future experiences will also be positive. This expectation helps to reduce the fear of trying new things, expanding the possibilities for growth and positive change.

As a leader, when you have an intentional gratitude practice, it shows in your attitude and in your behavior. When you demonstrate an attitude of gratitude, it encourages others to do the same.

Before you know it, gratitude becomes part of your organizational culture as well as of your personal life. With that perspective you can…

Go forth and do great things,

Martha and Chris