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The Power of a Grateful Leader – Part 2

How often have you heard someone describe the best boss they ever had as one who maintained a tight-lipped, stoic demeanor and never said “thank you” with conviction?

Exactly. You probably haven’t.

As humans, most of us benefit on a personal, emotional level when we know we are appreciated. We are also motivated and inspired by other people who recognize the value and significance of what they have – and actually take the time to openly express their gratefulness.

To continue on our recent theme of the significance of gratitude in leadership, we have perspectives from three Milestone team members to share on the topic this week.

Kelly Syer:

“When a leader openly and directly expresses heartfelt gratitude, it demonstrates a recognition that we don’t achieve great things alone. Leaders who show the people around them that contributions are seen and appreciated is very motivational – and contagious within an organization’s culture.

“I had a leader several years ago who showed his gratitude toward every member of our department in a very special way. I’ve never forgotten it. We were a multi-state team, gathered just before the holidays to celebrate our year of successes. After dinner, he asked us all to join him for a few words. He went around the room and spoke at length about each person, describing what made them so important to the team, something significant they had accomplished that made a difference for the company, and what particular traits about them made the team better and stronger.

“Listening to our leader worth following talk about us in front of our colleagues was humbling and affirming. It also showed everyone how well he knew and cared about all of us as individuals, despite our work sites being far apart. That evening taught me the true power of words well spoken.”

Erik Dees:

“Grateful leaders make better decisions. Gratitude presumes diligence – and diligence leads to better decision making. For example, the grateful leader who recognizes he or she has been trusted with organizational resources and decision making has a greater likelihood of making decisions based more on diligence than burning through resources with reckless abandon.

“This is especially true when a leader recognizes the footprint their leadership is leaving on people’s lives. The grateful leader is one who is in touch with both the needs of people and the necessity to achieve results. The grateful leader will likely handle the weight of responsibility entrusted to them and influence with humility and caution.”

Sandy Tush:

“Practicing gratitude takes us to a place of generosity and creates a culture of sharing rather than hoarding. Being grateful prompts a desire to give.”


If you see the value of gratitude-driven leadership and would like to develop your own skills and influence among a small group of other like-minded leaders, we recommend the Milestone Leadership Intensive. Our next immersive session will take place in February 2022, and you would gain the following:

  • Develop a clear understanding of your leadership capabilities
  • Learn to maximize your influence through emotional intelligence
  • Discover how your personal values impact your behaviors and performance
  • Create a specific and individualized action plan for your continued personal development

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you or a colleague. We are at your service.

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