1. It reduces stress. Scientific research carried out by scholars has revealed that grateful attitude reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, produces emotional stability and elongates life. Just being thankful and telling someone ‘thank you’ improves their emotional health. When a leader thanks a team member for his/her contribution and the work she/he has done, it automatically reduces tension between them and creates better engagement. Grateful leaders are in the habit of saying “thank you”.
  1. It increases generosity. Gratefulness results in generosity. Grateful leaders are people who give more than they receive whether verbal expressions or physical gifts. Attitude of gratitude provokes generosity. Generosity means the gift of perspective which sees the richness of what we have and how a fraction of it can lift the life of another.
  2. It opens the door of engagement. A grateful attitude will spark of a conversation faster than anything else. Just telling someone “thank you for your gift of attention which I cherish” can open door of conversation. When a leader expresses gratitude to a team member for a good job, he is bound to receive a response which he can latch on to start a great conversation and engagement.
  1. It draws team members closer to the leader. Any leader who feels a follower is at a distance from him can bring them closer through grateful acts. By thanking them for their works, appreciating them through gifts and verbal acknowledgements, he/she will gravitate towards the leader and bonding can be greatly cemented. Acknowledgment and appreciations are great keys to pull departing team members closer and farther members nearer.
  2. Gratitude is a game changer. Any leader who expresses gratitude to their employees and team members will experience greater commitment from them. Many employees and team members have resigned their job due to the failure of the leader to recognize their contribution and say thank you to them for their commitment and achievements. A leader who knows how to say thank you will discover that his/her team can go the extra length to achieve great things.

 

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