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The Importance of Gratitude

It is that wonderful time of the year when people remember the importance of gratitude. As many gather around the table in the United States with family and friends, enjoy a meal, and fellowship with one another, it is also the time that many pause from their busyness to consider all that we are thankful for in our lives. However, remember that this is not simply a once-a-year moment. Instead, cultivating this mindset of gratitude throughout the year is valuable to ourselves and those around us.

When speaking with leaders, I remind them of how powerful gratitude is in the workplace. We are often quick to let employees know when something is wrong. When do we also share our gratitude when things go well, improvements have occurred, sacrifices have been made, or deadlines were met?

According to one Forbes article, the following are points to consider when it comes to gratitude:

1. Gratitude Increases Productivity: Did you realize that gratitude can energize and motivate others? When you show gratitude to your team, it lifts the mood of others and often makes them want to do a better job at whatever tasks they are working on.

2. Grateful Leaders Are Humble Leaders: Gratitude and humility are closely connected. The Forbes article says, "true humility is a mindset that involves less focus on self and more on others, and an ability to see the strengths and value of others." Gratitude fosters humility.

3. Grateful Leaders Have a Growth Mindset. Being grateful is linked to self-improvement. If we are grateful, we have a positive outlook that enables us to look within ourselves and find ways we can improve and our business can improve.

What are some things you are grateful for in this season of life? How have you seen having a grateful attitude affect your workplace? What are some simple ways you can express gratitude at work more regularly?

I am grateful for each of you and your overwhelming support for my business. So many of you have encouraged me over the years, shared referrals, facilitated business connections, and have truly honored me by taking steps to improve your leadership in your sphere. I am so thankful for the many ways you remain connected to me and the work that I provide.


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