Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Written by: Cheryl Meyer, Executive Contributor
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A key element of leadership is to set clear goals and then to show gratitude when those goals are achieved. Gratitude is an important element in all aspects of business. I believe that everyone wants to do a good job. However, for that to happen, first you must set clear, measurable goals for everyone on your team to achieve, and second you must notice when those goals are achieved.
Gratitude encourages engagement and more positive interactions. It sets a positive mindset for the team and is good for everyone’s physical health and stress levels. If an employee does not know what your expectations are, it is impossible for them to achieve them. If they do achieve it, and it goes unnoticed, then they decide it was not important after all.
Gratitude focuses on success and getting the job done correctly. Practicing gratitude creates a happier workforce and attracts excellent team members. Gratitude needs to be expressed to the individual, one on one, and to the team. It needs to be freely given and authentic. Celebrate your victories as a team and their contributions as an individual and keep the focus results orientated. The people who work for you will thrive if you recognize their contribution.
Gratitude is an important element in all aspects of business. Express gratitude to your coworkers, and they will work harder to collaborate with you. Show gratitude to your bosses, and they will work harder to support you. Make sure your boss gives you clear guidelines of what excellence looks like in their eyes so that you can accomplish their goals.
Show gratitude to your customers, and they will find ways to do more business with you. Show gratitude to your suppliers and they will work harder to supply quality and to keep to your agreed upon timetable
Gratitude serves you well in all of your relationships within the organization, from the mailroom, to window washers to Employee Relations support. The more you recognize and express appreciation for what others do for and with you, the greater your success and the more positive your impact. Gratitude enrolls them in your success because you are acknowledging their success.