I believe that a team reflects its leader. By that I mean if a leader is compassionate, his team will be compassionate. If a leader is grateful, his team will be grateful. If a leader is a hard worker, his team will work hard.
Identifying and practicing the traits you want your team to possess is an important practice for successful leaders. I read an interesting article today that addresses this. You can read it here.
One of the suggestions in this article is that leaders regularly express gratitude for a job well done. In fact, great leaders regularly find ways to praise their team members. I know how it makes me feel when someone is genuinely thankful for something I’ve done for them. It makes me feel like doing it again.
So, why not spread a little of that feeling every day with everyone you come in contact with – your team members, your family, the person serving you coffee at the local Starbuck’s. I assure you doing so will make those around you happier; it will make you happier; and it will make you a better leader.
Thank you for reading this blog posting. I hope it made you think about the traits great leaders possess and I hope it encourages you to demonstrate gratitude daily.