The concept of Grateful Leadership is as profound as the concept of the leadership style Servant Leadership, dating from the 1960’s, has been. This is a model that came after the success of The Power of Acknowledgement, a book by the same author.
- One who expresses appreciation for employees’ and other stakeholders’ contributions.
- One who acknowledges, supports, and engages his/her people profoundly on an ongoing basis.
- One who wants to know his/her employees and other stakeholders as people.
“Acknowledgment is a heartfelt and authentic communication that lets a person know their value to the organization and the importance of the contribution that they make.” From ‘The Power of Acknowledgment’ by Judith W. Umlas.
- It creates a positive work environment.
- When people are appreciated, it engages and retains them with an organization.
- Motivates stakeholders and even suppliers will give better products and services if you can express gratitude towards them.
- It creates superior results.
- Self-actualization on the top of the Maslow pyramid means being satisfied and nurtured by all that one does. Self-transcendence is seeing to it that others feel self-actualized.
Tools to help you be a Grateful Leader