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There are a lot of different characteristics that go into making a good leader in a challenging environment. One of these qualities is the capacity to show thankfulness, which is sometimes underestimated. However, how exactly does the development of a mentality of gratitude translate into improved leadership abilities? Let’s go deeper into this idea, shall we?

The efficacy of practicing gratitude

Imagine you have access to a crystal ball that not only help you become more resilient but improves the quality of your relationships and your ability to lead. Doesn’t that seem like magic to you? But that’s not the case. That crystal ball is doing the gratitude meditation. It is as easy as taking a moment to recognize the positive things that have occurred in your life, and it is founded on the plain act of expressing gratitude to others.

The key to healthier relationships is cultivating an attitude of gratitude.

A leader is not an isolated figure in the group. Leaders are members of a group, whether a community, a network, or a team. Appreciation is the bedrock of all good connections, making it the foundation of effective leadership, which depends on those relationships. Every expression of gratitude from a leader to his or her team helps to fortify the connection between the leader and the member(s) of the team.

When leaders offer appreciation to their team, it demonstrates that they recognize and value the contributions made by their colleagues. Isn’t it energizing when people take note of and appreciate our work? A happy atmosphere at work can be fostered when leaders make it a habit to consistently recognize and express gratitude to their teams for the efforts those teams have made. This routine, over time, fosters feelings of mutual respect and trust, thereby increasing the power of the team.

The reinforcement of one’s resiliency

Acknowledging positive events is only one aspect of practicing gratitude. It’s important to look for something to be grateful for, even in difficult circumstances. Imagine that you are the ship’s captain during a storm. It is simple to become anxious and fixate on the danger posed by the storm. However, a grateful leader would praise the efforts of the crew, the power of the ship, and their own abilities to steer their way through the storm.

Resilience can be fostered by cultivating an attitude of thankfulness as part of one’s leadership style. It functions similarly to a safety net by absorbing the force exerted by difficulties and setbacks. When leaders can see the positive aspects of challenging situations, they can recover from failures more quickly, and more significantly, they can motivate their teams to do the same.

The Development of Stronger Leadership Abilities

In the huge symphony that is leadership, thankfulness might be compared to the baton that the conductor uses to direct the performance. It directs and empowers the individual notes representing the team to join together and make harmonious music. It creates a positive attitude, which drives productivity and raises the level of participation within the team. In a nutshell, it has the effect of enhancing overall leadership.


The cultivation of thankfulness in leadership is not a one-time activity but rather an ongoing practice that affects both the leader’s thinking and actions. It is about recognizing the worth that exists in each and every individual and circumstance. As we’ve seen, cultivating an attitude of thankfulness is one of the most effective methods to improve a leader. In addition to fostering Resilience and amplifying the leader’s impact, it also helps to create and maintain relationships. Why not use that crystal ball to make a significant step forward in your journey as a leader?


In the context of leadership, what does the expression of thankfulness entail?

Being a good leader is recognizing and acknowledging the value of the contributions and efforts made by other team members. It also involves expressing gratitude for the chances for learning and development that difficult circumstances bring and finding value in the experiences that are difficult to overcome.

How exactly can cultivating an attitude of thankfulness benefit a leader’s relationships?

The expression of thankfulness demonstrates to members of a team that their contributions are recognized and appreciated. These expressions of gratitude and acknowledgment help to cultivate a sense of mutual respect and trust, which in turn helps to build the relationships that the leader has with their team.

How exactly can an attitude of thankfulness strengthen the Resilience of leaders?

Practicing gratitude helps foster a more optimistic outlook, making it easier to handle trying circumstances. Leaders may help their teams recover from failures more quickly and motivate them to do the same by modeling the practice of finding something to be grateful for, even in challenging circumstances.

How may an attitude of thankfulness strengthen leadership abilities?

The expression of gratitude increases engagement within a team, fosters a positive mindset, and propels production. It fosters a more motivated and devoted team, which in turn magnifies the leader’s impact.

Is expressing thanks a one-time thing for leaders to do?

Not at all; rather, showing thankfulness is an ongoing leadership habit. It is an attitude and a habit that determines how leaders connect with their team and how they handle both accomplishments and obstacles. It also influences how leaders respond to both situations.

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Michael Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.