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Ways In Which Gratitude Can Transform Your Leadership and Influence

This is a guest post by Neamat Tawadrous who blogs on leadership, and whose vision is to become a global authority that helps, empowers and equips new and struggling business owners with the guidelines and leadership skills to market themselves and become unlimited leaders (Alpha Leaders) She was one of  the EMB BloggerSupport Mega Giveaway and STARS Bloggers winners, thus the guest post opportunity.

In today’s post she highlights the importance of leaders developing the practice of gratitude as a strategy to lead and influence their followers and sums it up with some powerful transforming benefits of gratitude for leaders. Without further adieu here now is Neamat…

As leaders, it’s vitally important that we develop the practice of Gratitude to be able to lead and have influence. 

Gratitude sees what is good and right with the world and usually finds something meaningful in nothing. Leaders who see their followers through the lens of Gratitude will always see the untapped potential in people and inspire them to achieve what others think is impossible.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues but the mother of all the rest”. — Cicero

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”. — Brian Tracy

Having an attitude of Gratitude can help to balance out the negative effects of the challenges and stresses. The benefits of Gratitude for both leaders and followers include reduced stress, optimism, better perception and improved health. It is about the little things as well as the big things.

Gratitude is a tool for being successful and a leader in your own life. Being grateful not only enriches our lives with joy and appreciation for the present, but by appreciating what we have and who we are today, will enable us to see new opportunities moving forward.

Every single day we all have small and big things that make our lives better. It is up to us to choose to live mindfully in the present while learning from the past and planning for the future. We can take action now and start by being grateful for every day. Gratitude stems from acknowledging that where we have arrived didn’t happen solely on our own.

Regardless of your place in life, you’ll discover the single most profound key to a sense of inner leadership and lasting happiness through a powerful human quality, Gratitude.

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express Gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express Gratitude for”. — Zig Zigler

gratitude is a virtue

Gratitude, everyday thankfulness and, ultimately, a personified awareness of gratefulness, will help you to cultivate a profound and long-lasting sense of leadership.

As you find your inner sense of leadership, you will experience a natural desire to help and give to others, to help those in need, to empower those who are without support and to inspire the people around you. Gratitude is the beginning source.

Why Is It Important To Practice Gratitude As A Leader?

  • Gratitude Develops Success:

Our success ultimately depends on collaboration with others. Having Gratitude for those who help us become successful influences them to do more to help us and support our cause.

  • Gratitude Leads To Opportunities: 

The doors to opportunities often open from unexpected sources. We all experienced that. Showing appreciation draw the interest of those with whom we come in contact, and will attract other leaders who will help us become even more successful.

  • Gratitude Brings Peace:

Having a thankful attitude for our blessings inspires internal peace which is freeing. The inner peace will lead us to pursue high-value activities that will more quickly lead us to success.

  • Gratitude increases trust:

When we show others that we value their hard work and contributions, their trust in our leadership and direction increases.

“Feeling Grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life, actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value in your life”. — Dr. Christiane Northrup

Gratitude in and of itself is a gift. Expressing Gratitude is not only a gift to give, but also a gift to receive. This applies to any leader in any arena.

Here Also Are Some Powerful Transforming Benefits Of Gratitude For Leaders:

  • 1. Gratitude Helps Us Have Perspective:

As we look at any business situation, we can easily get overwhelmed if we focus on just what’s not working. Fear and anxiety can set in which prevent us from thinking clearly. Gratitude is the antidote to fear and anxiety.  By focusing on “what’s working” we can create a vision for the business or ourselves that is grounded in “strengths”. Starting with an understanding of what’s working is a strong foundation upon which to grow and change. It will literally affect our attitude and the attitude of those around us.

It also keeps us from becoming self-absorbed, because it sustains a focus on our purposes in life. Leaders can become absorbed in themselves and their problems; Gratitude breaks this self-absorption.

  • 2. Gratitude Re-fills Our Tanks With Energy:

Realizing what we have in life energizes our efforts to do something in response. When we look upon any situation and focus onheartfelt thank you what’s working rather than what’s not working, we feel happier, more optimistic, more energized, and more compassionate. Its effects show on our overall health and well-being. This energy helps us meet goals, face challenges, be resilient, and inspire others. Gratitude builds our psychological and spiritual reserves.

  • 3. Gratitude Builds Connections:

When we focus on and express what’s good in others, it builds our connection to them. Others feel valued for their work and cared about as individuals. “Being valued” is a key driver of sustainable engagement. No single behavior more intuitively and reliably influences the quality of people’s energy than feeling valued and appreciated by their leader. Genuine words of gratefulness never fail to have an impact—both on the one who speaks them and the one who hears them. Remember Gratitude is a gift to be given and received. This is exactly what Yvonne did here with her post showing Gratitude.

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude”. — Alfred North Whitehead

  • 4. Gratitude Creates Resilience:

Facing our challenges with Gratitude create resilience to push forward to implement the vision we set for ourselves and meet our goals as leaders. Resilience is critical for leaders as they face the challenges of their work. And Grateful Leaders will tell you they appreciate what came from the experience.

Remember, what we focus on increases. If we focus our thinking on how difficult or awful our situation feels and focus exclusively on that, we are closing off our positive emotions.

Conversely, a focus on the negative will create more negativity. By allowing the difficult experiences to be as they are, and not holding or focusing exclusively on them, we open the door to other possibilities of seeing both, ourselves and others.

I am advocating a focus on Gratitude here. This small but significant shift makes a huge difference in how we approach and act towards others.

I have practiced this myself during an especially challenging time, and it has been effective. By re-directing myself towards a focus on what I am grateful for, I activate positive, heartfelt emotions. These in turn help me see the challenges differently, and to interpret them in ways that allow the needed space to grow.

An important aspect of successfully leading people is showing Gratitude for who they are and what they do. It is recognizing the good things in your life and acknowledging those who helped you achieve them. Gratitude also implies helping others achieve their goals.

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world”. — John Milton

If you enjoyed this article and got some value from it, please leave a comment below and share this with your friends and followers.

To Your Success,

Neamat Tawadrous

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About the Author

NeamatNeamat is the creator and author of her blog site neamatproblog.com. She is learning and sharing fundamental, cutting edge strategies to build leadership skills that helps, empowers and equips New Business Owners to uncover their potential and become unlimited leaders (Alpha Leaders) Her mission is to influence and impact people’s lives by empowering, motivating and transforming by providing them with the right leadership knowledge they need to live out their leadership and grow constantly. Contact: neamat@neamatproblog.com (905) 391-1534

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About Yvonne I. Wilson (757 Articles)
Yvonne is a positive thinker, a catalyst for change, and a conduit through which holistic healing takes place and destiny is fulfilled. Her ministry through her blog, Empowerment Moments, came at a very low point in her life and was born out of much adversity, persecution, physical abuses, and rejection to the point of her being suicidal. She was left feeling defeated and shrunk back by fear. But through some miraculous means, God has given her pain purpose and a unique voice through which He speaks to touch the untouchable, to reach the unreachable and to empower, inspire, motivate, encourage and uplift the hurting and spiritually wounded to bring about healing and wholeness - mind, body, soul and spirit, one person at a time.

18 Comments on Ways In Which Gratitude Can Transform Your Leadership and Influence

  1. Neamat, CONGRATULATIONS on being a STAR blogger. What you have shared here is absolutely true and as you stated – it builds connections .

    In fact, even with what Ms. Yvonne did showed the power of GRATITUDE of which gave US the ability to meet more wonderful people.

    Back to the post, and as you stated GRATITUDE builds trust. I realize how important that is and I have meet and develop trust with others by showing that what they have done was appreciated.

    I enjoyed this post and again Neamat, CONGRATULATIONS!

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    • Hi Richard,

      It is a pleasure to meet you here and thanks for the wishes. I am blessed and honored to have this opportunity to guest post on Yvonne’s blog.

      Indeed Gratitude builds trust and encourages engagement and connections. When we acknowledge others and show them that we value their hard work and contributions, their trust in our leadership increases, no doubt about it.

      Thanks Richard for your kind words and for your awesome comment. Enjoy your Friday and the weekend ahead.

      Be Blessed,

      Neamat

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  2. Hello Yvonne and Neamat,
    This is really a unique topic, gratitude alone can change lifes. This article had just started with an inspiration and a quote that hit hard in my head (gbam!) “Gratitude sees what is good and right with the world and usually finds something meaningful in nothing.”

    I’m glad as this was a very interesting article.
    Thanks for sharing and do have a wonderful day ahead you both.

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    • Hi Larry,

      It’s my pleasure to meet you here!!

      Indeed nothing like gratitude can change our perspective and our lives to the better.

      I am so glad you find the post interesting and inspiring!!

      Thanks Larry for taking the time to visit and comment!! Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

      Be Blessed,

      Neamat

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  3. Hi Ikechi,

    Nice to meet you here and thanks for your kind wishes!!

    Totally agree with you, when leaders acknowledge and express gratitude to their followers and those who are working with them, they will bring the best out of them as they will feel valued and nothing beats the feeling of being valued by a leader. Genuine words of gratefulness never fail to have an impact, on both the Leader and the Follower!! It’s a win-win.

    Indeed, Gratitude does open the doors for unexpected opportunities and attracts like-minded people your way.

    Thanks Ikechi for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts. Enjoy your week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

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  4. Hey Neamat,

    For a long time I didn’t know how powerful something like Gratitude was, until I really started to notice some of the things I wanted in life actually came into my life.

    I know some people will see it as something “spooky” but in actuality it isn’t. Does it really have to do with morals, or is it just a part of how the world works? If you ask me, it’s really a part of how the world works.

    I like this part of the post:

    “It also keeps us from becoming self-absorbed, because it sustains a focus on our purposes in life. Leaders can become absorbed in themselves and their problems; Gratitude breaks this self-absorption.”

    You know how a lot of people will turn away from their purpose because they become so self absorbed that even to the point of repelling everything they want in life and attracting the things they don’t want. When you practice gratitude from that special place inside of you, then it’s true that it will get you right back on track towards your purpose.

    points 2, 3, and 4 are right on target! Gratitude definitely re-energizes you whenever there’s a set back because it get you back on focus on what’s possible. It definitely helps to build connects with others. When people see that you appreciate them, especially them as a person, then automatically you build better rapport with them!

    Thanks for sharing this lesson about Gratitude! I hope you’re having a great week!

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    • Hi Sherman

      Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to my blog and also for sharing your thoughts with us. I agree that gratitude is very powerful. I’ve often said the practice of gratitude is such that doors of opportunity begin to open in our lives that otherwise would not have been possible.

      Thanks for your participation. I am certain that Neamat will also give feedback when she get that chance to do so. Happy Thanksgiving and do enjoy the rest of the week. Cheers! 🙂

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    • Hi Sherman,

      Good to see you here!!

      I wish I knew the power of thanksgiving and gratitude early on in my life!! But when you experience its power, you make it a daily habit to be grateful. That’s how powerful Gratitude is!!

      The worst thing leaders can do to themselves is to become self-absorbed and to think that where they are at is their efforts and neglect the efforts and help of others around them. When leaders don’t acknowledge the contribution of those around them, to their success, they become self-absorbed and arrogant and they will no longer step up in their leadership and will fade away with time. It is very important for a leader to value those in their sphere and acknowledge their efforts gratefully.

      When one get into the habit of being grateful and realize its power, they will never stop because it energizes, satisfies and makes you content. Who would not want those fulfilling feelings??

      Thanks Sherman for taking the time to visit and add to the value of the post. Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

      Be Blessed,

      Neamat

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  5. Hi Neamat and Yvonne

    Neamat, congratulations on being a STAR blogger and being a guest author.

    Leaders who see their followers through the lens of Gratitude will always see the untapped potential in people and inspire them to achieve what others think is impossible. This is a wonderful statement and has a lot of insight. Some leaders don’t appreciate their followers and lose out as they don’t see the potentials of their followers and don’t get great feedbacks from them.

    Gratitude does open a lot of opportunities. Just saying thank you or appreciating your team has a profound effect.

    Thank you for an awesome post .

    Hi Yvonne. Thanks for such a wonderful platform. I am learning a lot .

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  6. Hi Nate,

    Nice to meet you and thanks for the warm welcome!!

    Yes, the leader is always watched and people will duplicate what their leader does and therefore it is best to lead by example and make gratitude our daily habit which will bring success to all, us and our followers.

    When we acknowledge others and express our gratitude to them, it builds our connection to them and they will feel valued for their work and cared about as individuals. Nothing like “Being valued” can build sustainable engagement and bring forward the best in people.

    Indeed, Mindset is very important and focusing on the positive increases the positive experiences because what we focus on increases, being positive or negative. So why not increase the positive. When we change our Mindset into a positive Attitude, everything around us changes to the better.

    Thanks Nate for taking the time to stop by here and share your experience and your thoughts. Enjoy your week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

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  7. Hi Neamat, and welcome to Yvonne’s Awesome blog 🙂

    What a wonderful post. We all know that as a leader many people are always watching you and looking for guidance and the right way to do things. What an awesome joy and honor it is to display gratitude not only to others but in every aspect of our lives.

    I remember as a young Soldier in the military, nothing motivated me more than when my leaders appreciated and showed gratitude for the hard work and effort I put into the task at hand. Maybe it was not perfect but they still showed me their thanks and that motivated me to work even harder and it molded me into a better person and leader.

    The connections that can be build with this attribute is endless in my opinion. It allows you to build trust and cohesion which leads to a cohesive team in my opinion. Being thankful and having an attitude of gratitude as you go through the hard times builds character in my opinion.

    When we later look back we will see that the hard times were well worth it and many times the attitude we have as we go through trials says a lot about what the outcome will be and how others perceive how we deal with trials and tribulations.

    It takes way too much energy to be negative in my opinion. I would much rather have a positive attitude of gratitude and attract the same type of like-minded people to me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  8. Hi Vernon,

    Nice to meet you!! Yes, when someone drops on my blog for the first time, I still feel as if I know them from a long time!! Maybe because I see them on other blogs while blog hopping. That’s the beauty of blogging and this is something to be grateful for as well!! lol!!

    Acknowledging others and showing them gratitude is very important for our success and theirs as well because they will follow in our foot steps. We can’t do it on our own and we need others’ help so why not acknowledge their part in our success and it will definitely bring the best in them.

    I agree with you, we can lose perspective of what is working when we focus on what is not working and that’s not only in business but in any kind of relationship. Sometimes there could be one mistake only but it can blind us from the so many other good things that are working.

    Thanks Vernon for stopping by and sharing your input and experience!! Enjoy your week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

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  9. Hi Neamat and congratulations on winning a guest post opportunity being a STAR blogger. It seem like I’ve been knowing you for awhile..lol

    You brought out so many keys points about gratitude that let me know you speak from experience. One is knowing what we have we didn’t get on our own. Gratitude shows others that we appreciate their help and we’re not fooling ourselves by thinking we done it all on our own.
    It’s easy to fall into the trap of self-sufficiency. We all need each other and expressing gratitude is one way of showing it.

    Then you talked about perspective and how focusing on what’s not working isn’t good from a business point of view. And I would add it have the same effect in the family.

    There was a time in my marriage all I could focus on was what my wife wasn’t doing until my best friend asked me is that all I see. Then I began to show her gratitude by thanking her for all the things she does for our family.

    And last to talked about being valued on the job. When you are valved on the job you express your gratitude by giving your all. You look for ways to save the company money and ways to practice safety. You motivate others as if it was YOUR company.

    I really enjoyed reading this powerful post!

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  10. Hi Harleena,

    Happy to see you here, at Yvonne’s blog, as well.

    Yes, Thanksgiving Day is around the corner in the States. We already had our Thanksgiving Day last month in Canada. But as you said and I totally agree with you, Thanksgiving and Gratitude should be a habit practiced everyday and should be part of our daily lives.

    Showing gratitude to those who work with them and those around them should be a habit executed by the leader and it will help them and those who follow as well and indeed it costs nothing to be grateful but instead all gain.

    Thanks Harleena for stopping by and sharing with your wonderful input as always. Enjoy your week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

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  11. Hi Neamat, and welcome to Yvonne’s blog 🙂

    It’s indeed a pleasure to read about leadership and gratitude because both these topics have often been discussed on this blog, and even yours Neamat. Not to mention that they are so apt with Thanksgiving just round the corner.

    I feel practicing gratitude is a habit, it’s something you, me, we all have to make as part of our lives. It’s not just for leaders or a particular group of people, nor should it be practiced or thought about only when Thanksgiving is around, as you see people express their gratefulness most during these days – it’s something that should be part of your daily lives, isn’t it?

    When a leader expresses gratitude, one can just about imagine the happiness the other person (follower) would get, and you lose nothing by being grateful ever. Loved the way you shared all of your points and connected with leadership and it’s surely going to help a lot of leaders and others.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead, both of you 🙂

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  12. Hi Yvonne,

    Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to guest post in your awesome blog. I am honored and humbled.

    Indeed, expressing gratitude is the tool for success and the flow of abundance in our lives. I don’t know where someone can go without gratitude. This week I am going through lots of ups and downs in my personal life and in my business but practicing gratitude instills the hope into our lives and eliminates the worrisome thinking. Gratitude makes us see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    I am so glad the subject of the post matched your blog’s theme and I hope your readers enjoy it and find it valuable.

    Thanks again for the honor of having me as a guest blogger in your blog.

    May you too have a great day and a wonderful week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

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  13. Hi Neamat

    Welcome to my blog, this time as a guest blogger. 🙂 I am really excited about the topic you choose to write on – showing ways how the practice of gratitude can not only transform leaders but also the influence such virtue can have over those that he/she leads. Both leadership and gratitude are near and dear to my heart and things that I blog about often here. Also, I really love that you have linked the two together in such a brilliant and detailed way.

    This post is also timely as this is the week in which Thanksgiving Day 🙂 is being observed and celebrated, mainly in the USA. So I take this opportunity to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and THANK YOU for your continued support of EMB.

    I agree wholeheartedly with everything that you have said about gratitude. It doesn’t matter what is going on in a leader’s life [challenges, stress, etc] it is important to develop and practice gratitude in order to be able to lead and influence people. Everyone needs to know that they are appreciated and there is no greater feeling than when a leader can say to the ones he is leading, “Thank you very much, I appreciate you.” They need to hear you say that you recognize that the good things that came about in your life was as a result of the things they have done.

    Like yourself, this is something that I have proved for myself that the practice of gratitude improves productivity, it brings peace and calm into situations and it also build stronger bond and connection. The leader gains the respect of his followers and builds trust as well.

    So many fail to recognize that gratitude is a tool for success as you have mentioned. The more we say thanks and express gratitude the more abundance flows into our lives. We attract what we give.

    Thank you for this awesome post. Have a great day and a wonderful week ahead. 🙂

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