Enlightened leaders know that if they are to achieve anything great, they need to be able to rely on the blood, sweat and tears of those they lead. Enlightened leaders also know that the blood, sweat and tears of those they lead cannot be bought with money, but can only be earned with the dividends of human relationship. Since gratitude is the very currency of human relationship, enlightened leaders know that cultivating it is a key practice in their roles as leaders.
"....Practicing gratitude yields tremendous benefits to leaders themselves, the people they lead, and indeed to their entire organizations. The benefits of gratitude to leaders themselves include elevated mood, reduced stress, better cognition, and improved health. This, in turn, rubs off on their people. As a result, leaders’ employees enjoy the same benefits, thereby increasing their motivation and engagement, and improving their work relationships and job satisfaction. By consequence, the entire organization benefits from fewer sick days, less turnover, and greater productivity. It all starts from the top, and enlightened leaders know that a solid orientation towards gratitude can generate a strong upward spiral of success for their whole team.
Gratitude Benefits Leaders Themselves
Leading experts in the field of positive psychology consistently identify gratitude as one of the most – if not the most – powerful tool for emotional health and wellbeing. In her book The How of Happiness, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, places gratitude at the very top of her list, calling it “a kind of metastrategy for achieving happiness.” This is due in part to the fact that feelings of gratitude are simply incompatible with negative emotions. As a result, gratitude actually diminishes or supplants destructive feelings such as anger, hatred, bitterness, or greed. The emotional health that results benefits all aspects of a leader’s life, at work and elsewhere...."
Via Susan Bainbridge