Leading On Management: The Grateful Leader

I asked our writers last week  to answer at the end to clarify their reason to be a grateful leader. Here are just a few of the responses:IAMGRATEFULBC

“I am grateful because I choose to be. The awesome things in my life outweigh the awful things. This perspective keeps me moving forward.” – Pastor David Clarke, Resident Writer BEALEADER

“I am grateful because I get to grow everyday and become better than I was the day before. The freedom to choose and be whatever I fix in my mind to be. Aligning with others that hold me accountable and expect the best from me.” Chris Lewis, Resident Writer BEALEADER

“I am grateful for all of the wonderful people I have known around the world and look forward to meeting many more.” – Dawn Kristy, Resident Writer BEALEADER

As a leader it is actually very important for you as a leader to remain grateful. The attitude you bring to work trickles down. The tone you bring to the table is the attitude your team adopts or you become the leader that everyone wants to avoid.

In a world filled with negative messages, bad news and stressed out folks, it can be difficult for us to find our attitude of gratitude amid this ocean of negativity we are swimming in each day.

So how can you become a grateful leader when you are discouraged?

I’ve put together a list of five ways to foster gratitude:

1. Look For Solutions Not Problems

Instead of getting discouraged by problems, leaders need to learn to ask themselves this question every time a problem arises “What does this experience make possible?” As leaders, we are the people who find the way when there is no way. We are the ones called to see situations as realistic but never stop hoping or finding a way through. Not only does this make you grateful, it inspires others around you.

2. Remember Where You Began.

As leaders we are paid to see the “cracks”. We see the problems and solve them before anyone else. That’s what makes us leaders. We are able to judge the road ahead. Unfortunately, this can lead us to have a negative outlook – and make us lose our ability to be grateful. Sometimes, we may be seeking out the problems and feel like we aren’t making any progress either. That’s why we need to take a step and remember where we started. Reflect on the success we’ve had and look at the progress we’ve made to date. This can give us reasons to be grateful.

3. Focus On What’s Next.

One of the biggest priorities as leaders is that we are dealers in hope. When we are discourage about our own path or vision of the future, we have to remind ourselves of what we are striving to do. We are working not just for a better today but a better tomorrow. There is hope in our vision and future. Yes, it’s hard to see that when there are failures and problems on our journey, but we need to remain hopeful that we can preserve through the challenges and triumph. If we have hope others will be hopeful as well. As one of my favorite song writers Steve Miller wrote “You have to go through hell before you get to heaven” .

4. Take A Look Around You

Sometimes you can get so low that you don’t take a moment to see what’s happening around you. We get lost in our own problems and sorrows that we feel as if we are the only ones with problems in this world. In these moments, stop and look around you. There are so many people in this world would trade places with your problems in a heartbeat. Think about how blessed you are and what you have, count your blessings – yes, it’s cliché, but you should do it and remember that “there for the grace of God go I” is not just a saying, it’s the truth.

5. Surround Yourself With People Who Will Lift You Up Not Drag You Down

A big hazard of being a leader is that you have to deal with positive and negative people. It can be draining to have all these types of people depending on you – and who do you have to depend on when you need a break? This is why you need to have your own circle of trust, a circle of individuals who you can depend on when you need to be inspired and give back to when they need it as well. Nothing will make you feel more gratitude than the friendship of those who will give you support you need when you need it.

So what helps to make you grateful? In the comments section below, add your suggestions and maybe also add your sentence too “I am grateful because:” it can help clarify your ability to be a grateful leader.

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the Inc.com list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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