This time of year, you hear a lot about gratitude. With good reason, much of this is focused on your personal life – being thankful for family, friends, your health, and so on. There’s no doubt that showing gratitude can bring you closer to the people you care about personally, and it can have the same impact at work.
Being a Grateful Leader
What does it mean to be a grateful leader? It’s more than an enthusiastic “way to go, team” at the end of a successful project. It’s more than a staff holiday party with secret Santas and catered food. It’s more than quarterly bonuses and “employee of the month” awards. All these things matter in the big scheme of things, but it’s the little things that will truly show gratitude. Follow these tips to become a grateful leader:
Keep it simple. Giving thanks doesn’t have to be extravagant. Often, the simplest forms of appreciation have the most power.
Single people out. Teamwork is critical, but individual contributions matter, too. Recognize people for their specific efforts, and do it in-person and one-on-one, if possible.
Mean what you say. Your appreciation for an employee must be genuine for it to have any impact.
Practice random acts of thankfulness. Employees may expect to be thanked at the end of a busy shift or during the holidays. Make giving thanks a year-round event.
Benefits of Gratitude in Leadership
When you show gratitude for your employees, it has a ripple effect. Employees who feel appreciated will appreciate each other and, just as important, they will appreciate your customers.
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