Do you express gratitude? Simple question with a lot of contemplation. Our egos quickly answer yes, but if we pause a moment and reflect on our daily behavior, we may come to a different conclusion.
Do you praise your coworkers for their efforts, or are you ‘too busy’ to pick your head up and notice?
Showing gratitude and praising your coworkers on their efforts is not a sign of a weak manager, it is a sign of a mature leader. An experienced manager is a leader who instills collaboration, trust, respect and the ability to guide people to do their best. We have all worked for leaders or managers that do not have these traits and have experienced the ramifications.
What Does Gratitude Look Like?
Gratitude isn’t just about saying, ‘Thank you’. It is a demeanor, characteristic or essence that is known by your team without a spoken word. Gratitude can be supporting your coworkers, where they know that you have their backs. It is about taking your team out for lunch and paying for it and expressing your gratitude for their efforts. It is about recognizing if your coworker is having a bad day and letting them go home early. It is about letting them have an extra day off with pay – just because. It is about sharing the compliments with the team or company from customers, partners or prospects – the team will appreciate the fact that their work makes a difference. Gratitude is about knowing what motivates your coworkers and what doesn’t. Gratitude is knowing that you can only be a great leader because you have even greater coworkers.
Gratitude is a way of living. Be Gratitude.