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Grateful Leadership

Key Idea

The core premise of this approach is that a team or workforce that feels appreciated is more engaged, trusting and effective. The reality, however, is that too many leaders never grasp, learn or practice the “power to gratitude.” Do you?

Book to Read

Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgement to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results (2013)
By Judith W. Umlas 

Quick Takes from the Book

Umlas has identified 7 principles of positive acknowledgement. These are:

    1. Acknowledgement is deserved by many, but received by few.
    2. Acknowledgement builds trust and creates powerful interactions.
    3. Acknowledgement can help diffuse jealousy and envy.
    4. Acknowledgement energies people – and the lack of acknowledgement diminishes them. 
    5. Acknowledgement can make a profound difference in a person’s life and work.
    6. Acknowledgement improves physical and emotional well-being.
    7. Acknowledgement needs to be practiced in different ways.

Quote of Note

“According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the number one reason people give for leaving their jobs is that they ‘do not feel appreciated.’” – Page 46.

Related Styles: Positive Leadership, AppreciateLeadership, Authentic Leadership