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The ABC’s of Leadership (Day 1): Appreciate

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. (John C. Maxwell)


Day 1 – ‘A’
ABCs of Leadership (Appreciate)

ABCs of Leadership (Appreciate)

Remember how good it felt that time no one said thank you? Or do you remember when your contribution to the team was minimized? NOT!

In the Harvard Gazette‘s  ‘The Power of Thanks’, Harvard professor Dr. Francesca Gino noted that “receiving expressions of gratitude makes us feel a heightened sense of self-worth, and that in turn triggers other helpful behaviors toward both the person we are helping and other people, too.”

Seems like a common sense thing to do, but it’s amazing how often in our 24x7x365, digital world, we forget the value of a simple ‘thank you’.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou)

So, do the small thing, that makes a big impact: take time to show that people’s efforts matter, and are appreciated – even, and especially if/when, they fail!

Want more on leadership? Check out my partner Dale Richardson’s thoughts in his Live the Goals podcast here!

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  • Reply
    Kenneth Morton
    October 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    An heartfelt “thank you” is one of the most under used success tools. Amazingly inexpensive, yet priceless!

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      Annette Harris
      October 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      The power of a “thank you” has an unbelievable impact, yet as you have alluded is underutilized. I do my best to be deliberate in saying thank you as much as both my personal and professional life. Thank you 🙂 for sharing this post Patrick!

      • Reply
        Dale Richardson
        October 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

        Hi Annette,

        It’s awesome to hear that you are being deliberate and intentional about saying thank you as much as possible. A sincere thank you goes a long way in building lasting connections with our friends, family, coworkers, etc. I’d love for you to let me know what you think about my take on the same concept. Patrick included a link to my podcast at the end of his blog post. I sincerely appreciate every listen I get so Thank You in advance for listening Annette!

        Dale Richardson
        Live The Goals Podcast

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      Dale Richardson
      October 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Kenneth,

      You are so correct! A “thank you” is so inexpensive and priceless at the same time. I’d love to hear your feedback on my take on the same word. Patrick included the link above at the end of his post! And Thank You for taking the time to comment on this post and in advance for listening to my podcast.

      Dale Richardson
      Live The Goals Podcast

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    Chad Montague
    October 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    A simple, hand written thank you note is still one of the classier ways to express gratitude in a memorable and personal fashion. People appreciate the time and effort behind this simple gesture.

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