Focusing on what I have to be grateful for is my antidote for the dark places my thoughts can take me when I become discouraged and am feeling helpless about affairs of the world and humanity. To keep my mindset in check I make note of the things I’m grateful for. I count my blessings and focus on feeling connected to where I can make a difference to someone else. I turn to friends that fill my heart and soul with hope and possibility. I meditate on noticing and being grateful for the little things like the sun on my face, birds chirping, and children laughing—the little blessing that are in our lives everyday.
To build a culture of possibility and hope I set my intention to focus on what is right with the world and humanity. To accomplish this I need to concentrate on being grateful.
This is part 3 of the 3-part series on Leading With Gratitude by Diana Gabriel, Certified Strengths Strategy Coach.When you put your attention on the positives in everyday activities you engender a grateful spirit. Click To Tweet
Since all leaders mold their culture one way or another, as a grateful leader you can influence your people in ways that demonstrate the benefits of thankfulness. Your people see the difference and feel good about it, wanting more of it. Work life becomes more enjoyable, fulfilling, and rewarding. Leading by example is the most powerful means to prompt a better environment and build a larger culture of gratitude.
Noted author and coach DeLores Pressley puts it simply in Smart Business Magazine, authenticity is the best way to make an impression. Phony gratitude is noticeable. Showing your people that you’re thankful for them is a significant demonstration of gratitude. People who feel valued return the sentiment.
When this topic comes up with my coaching clients, we discuss how they, as leaders, create the habit of acknowledging and recognizing their people and their contributions. You can do this with a simple thank you note. This builds a culture of mutual appreciation and emulation. For example, find ways to reach out to your people and add value with thanks, appreciation, congratulations for accomplishments and helpfulness. Giving them your best, share your time and your skills, tell them you’re grateful that they are on your staff. And, taking care of their professional development shows appreciation for their gifts, talents, and contributions.
When you put your attention on the positives in everyday activities you engender a grateful spirit. Of course, there are negative issues in every organization, and lamenting with grumbling or resentment drags everyone down. However, emphasizing a focus on positive solutions or valued lessons learned draws out thankfulness in everyone. Building on the positives and what went right enhances the opportunities for more, and it unites your people. That’s worth being thankful for, too.
Believing in your leadership abilities and the capacity of your people, giving them grace when they err and support when they succeed, crafts a positive and grateful culture that has no limits. Focus on tending to your gratitude mindset. Make it your example and your expectation that a positive, thankful mindset is what your organization needs in order to prosper. Certainly, no one will object to that.