In Pursuit of Gratefulness

Gratefulness has become a theme of sorts this year among the organizations I have the opportunity to lead. We are focusing on being grateful for all of our blessings, and we are also learning to be grateful in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances.

In easy times, gratefulness is an effortless feeling. In difficult times, gratefulness is an intentional decision. In every time there is something to be grateful for.

Gratefulness is rarely talked about as an essential leadership trait, but maybe it ought to be. The opportunity to influence, care for, encourage, teach, and coach our friends and teammates is something we should surely be grateful for, isn’t it?

If you’re blessed by the opportunity to lead others, remember to be grateful…grateful to those who poured into to you, who sacrificed for you, who taught you. Grateful to those who show up every day and work alongside you, help you, and support you. Grateful to those who think enough of you to tell you what you need to know, even if it’s what you don’t want to hear.

Gratefulness is incredibly underrated, yet incredibly essential to our ability to authentically influence the people around us. You can’t fake it. But you can feel it, even if you sometimes have to look really hard or dig really deep to find it.

What are you grateful for?

Thank you for reading, following and sharing Leadership with Sass this year. I’ve appreciated every one of your comments, your words of encouragement, and over the past few months, your kindness and most especially your prayers. We’ll be taking a short break over the holidays as we soak up some family time. We’ll see you back here in a couple of weeks! Wishing you a merry Christmas, great peace, and a spirit of gratefulness as we enter into a new year.


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