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In the relentless hustle and bustle of our lives, pausing to express gratitude can often takes a backseat. Yet, the act of gratitude has been shown to wield remarkable influence not only over our personal resilience and well-being but also over our leadership skills. As we delve into the profound relationship between gratitude and personal leadership, you’ll discover that this practice holds the potential to enrich not just your own life but the lives of those you lead.

How do we use gratitude practices to increase our sense of wellbeing, resilience and leadership?

1. Embrace the Micro Moments of Joy

Life is a mosaic of tiny moments, and within them lie countless opportunities for gratitude. Instead of venting about daily annoyances, consider the transformative power of recognising and cherishing the small wins and moments of joy. Start by acknowledging these moments to yourself and share them with your loved ones.

Leadership Habit: Extend this practice to your team. Commence or conclude meetings with words of gratitude, allowing team members to appreciate and celebrate one another’s contributions.

2. Foster Connections through Acts of Kindness

Elevate your own wellbeing by making it a personal mission to bring smiles to the faces of those you encounter daily. Engage in small acts of kindness, whether it’s lending an empathetic ear to a colleague, performing a random act of kindness for a stranger, or simply holding the door open. These acts of connection are not only contagious but also vital for your own happiness.

Leadership Habit: Nurture a culture of connection within your team. Remember birthdays, publicly acknowledge and thank team members, and make it a practice to greet colleagues with warmth as you enter the office.

3. Family rituals of gratitude

Leadership begins at home, and your values, integrity, and authenticity are not confined to the office. Establish a family tradition of gratitude, encouraging every member to share something they’re thankful for during dinner, bedtime, or car rides. By making this a cherished ritual, you promote gratitude as a way of life.

Leadership Habit: Reinforce the importance of character and authenticity by living these values not only at work but also within your family. Consistency in practice, even outside the workplace, fosters stronger leadership.

4. Put Your Gratitude in Writing

As the year unfolds, seize the season to express your gratitude to those who have touched your life. Select one, three, or five individuals whom you wish to thank. Share with them the depth of your appreciation. Extend this practice throughout the year by sending thank-you cards or, for a deeper impact, craft heartfelt letters to those who have profoundly influenced your career, family, or life.

Leadership Habit: Dedicate regular time—weekly or monthly—to express your gratitude in writing to those around you. Handwritten notes, in particular, carry a personal touch that leaves a lasting impression.

5. Embrace the Miraculousness of Life

In the quest for success and progress, we can often overlook the profound miracle of life itself. The ancient Greeks urged us to remember “memento mori,” which means “remember that you will die.” This poignant reminder underscores the preciousness of life and urges us to appreciate every moment. Don’t let trivial concerns overshadow the awe we can experience everyday by just paying attention.

Leadership Habit: Infuse humanity into your workplace. Share not only professional achievements but also personal triumphs within your team. By celebrating life’s diverse moments, you cultivate an environment of empathy and understanding.

In Summary

Gratitude is a potent tool for enhancing personal resilience, well-being, and leadership. Its transformative effects can ripple through every facet of your life, from the smallest daily interactions to the grandest moments of self-reflection.  Together, let’s elevate our personal leadership through the power of gratitude.

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