Recently my husband and I visited our local CSA farm for the last time this season. Several people were there, some picking up turkeys, others picking up the final batch of beets, turnips and greens. One after another we all said the same thing.
Later that same day I received an email from one of my clients, a woman I’ve been coaching for the past few months and who recently made a significant breakthrough in her relationships with those around her. Her message started off with that same word.
It’s such a simple word, taking so little breath to deliver. And of all the words that leaders extol, it’s the one that can quickly and authentically engage an employee and raise in them a sense of well-being. The word is powerful beyond its single syllable, its six letters.
Psychologists tell us that, by focusing on the positivity that is occurring around us we can build up, within ourselves, an enrichment of repeated positive outlook and response. The same works for our employees and our clients. By focusing on their strengths, what they are doing “right”, our leadership presence is reinforced and our employees seek out ways to build on those strengths. It’s a two-way win.
G.K. Chesterton, the famous writer, philosopher and apologist, had this to say about thanking others: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” As we take the time to celebrate with our family and friends during this season of gratitude, let’s find ways to show our gratitude to our employees, team members and clients. Acknowledge their strengths, their value, and the ways in which their contributions provide you the opportunity to grow as a leader.