Leading With Gratitude

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By Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO, International Centre for Conscious Leadership

As leaders, we are often facing big challenges and have to work extremely hard to meet expectations.  We are constantly bombarded by information and often focus on the problems so we can overcome them and deliver on our commitments no matter what.

This often results in us putting our attention on what is missing with little time spent on being grateful for what is already there.

Gratitude is a very high vibration emotion and when we are grateful, we feel love and joy in our heats. Being grateful helps us see the good things in life and see what is possible. It is often true that things in our lives and in the world could be better, but it helps to remember and notice everything that is already good. 

We don't have to wait for big things to happen to be grateful, we can be grateful for the simple things that we usually take for granted.  Every day that we wake up breathing is a good day, so we can be grateful for life.  We can be grateful for having people that love us and that our family and friends are healthy.  We can be grateful that we have a warm bed to sleep in tonight and that we have food to feed our family.

When we recognize all that we have, we have more, when we focus on what we are missing, we never have enough.

Gratitude is key in our personal life and also in leadership. Leaders who express gratitude to their teams gain trust, respect, appreciation, and engagement from their team members. Being recognized and appreciated is one of the most fundamental human needs and leaders who show appreciation are simply better leaders.

To be effective, gratitude must be frequent and precise.  Telling someone how great she is without any specifics is not very effective.  Telling her how much you appreciate her hard work which allowed the team to submit the proposal on time to this important client is better.

Just like anything else in life, to get really good at something, we need practice.  One good way to bring more gratitude in our lives and our leadership is to develop a gratitude practice.  Every morning or every night, you can take a few minutes to write down in a journal 3 things you are grateful for.  By practicing gratitude every day, you will become better at showing gratitude at work and you will become a leader who leads with gratitude.

 What are you grateful for today?