I believe that gratitude is the single most powerful emotion. When working with leaders we often highlight the critical importance of how they feel as a key indicator of the results they will get. For so many years we told people not to bring their feelings to work, “work is work and everything else needs to be left at the door.” Today we know that this mentality is exactly why we have issues at work; why so many people feel unhappy and even stuck. You must first work on changing how you feel about a situation to change the results. Gratitude is a great way to start.
Gratitude means that you feel there is enough resources, enough goodwill. You are appreciative for everything you have and know that in Canada, one of the greatest places in the world, we are extremely lucky and there is so much abundance. I believe that gratitude is the single most important emotion a person (leader) can have. It changes your outlook on everything. Instead of wishing about what you would like, what you want to get, how you want to change your situation, you begin to look at all the fabulous things you have. You identify the things in your life that are going well and you recognize that everything is just as it should be.
Leaders who use gratitude as a key component of their leadership style are more likely to see the opportunities, see the competitive advantage, and identify where resources might be hidden. Leaders who use gratitude recognize the contribution of team members earlier, more frequently and consistently and are not afraid to spread the gratitude around.
Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions we have access to. Try it out and see (feel) the results. It is an amazing experience to intentionally stop each day for a moment and feel gratitude for everything in your life.
Here is a link (http://gratituderevealed.com/gallery-gratitude/) to help you experience more gratitude in your life. Take 10 minutes each day as we approach the holiday season and watch one of these amazing stories of gratitude unfold before your eyes. This is LEADERSHIP.