There are two kinds of leaders, the grateful leader and the ungrateful leader. A grateful leader is an embracer, builder, acknowledger, compassionate and recognizer of efforts, contributions and does openly affirm, commend and appreciates those responsible for the results.
An ungrateful leader is an insatiable fault finder, inconsiderate, intemperate, cold, vengeful, not given to praise and neither appreciative of contributions of others or their positive influences. They are only conscious of themselves, their individual achievements, and their lifestyle is continuously filled with jealousy, bitterness, anger, pettiness and fear of the unknown.
Gratitude is a skill leaders use to feel and express appreciation to all for expected, unexpected and wonderful acts of other people’s kindnesses who are directly or indirectly involved in what they do.
The foundation of grateful leadership begins when a leader realizes the power of gratitude. Gratitude is a gift a leader gives to a receiver and it changes both the chemistry, the atmosphere and the behavior of giver/receiver alike. There are two major ways a leader demonstrates the power of grateful leadership
- Acknowledgement. This is a very small act that gives great results to leaders. Acknowledgment is simply recognizing the efforts of others and expressing a strong feeling of appreciation to them over their works. Acknowledgment is a public statement that endorses a gift, action, performance and its contribution to the overall efforts of a group.
Leaders must acknowledge punctuality, results, contributions, outstanding efforts and the works of others. Where acknowledgement and gratitude exists in great quantity, anger and jealousy are generally banished. So, when you enjoy a song, acknowledge it. When you eat a delicious meal, acknowledge it and when you have been hosted to a great party, banquet or service, never fail to acknowledge it.
- Appreciation. This is another pillar of grateful leadership that works magically with acknowledgements. Appreciations are a demonstration of gratitude expressed through gifts, letters and praise. Leaders demonstrate their appreciation through symbolic representation which the giver and receiver can display as memorabilia.