[vimeo id="146000862"] Let me start by wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! You know, this is one of my favorite seasons of the year! The year is coming to a close. And a new year is on the horizon! It’s a time for both reflection and strategizing. And as I reflect on the past year, I’m reminded of the many things I have to be thankful for. You know, that process of reflecting with a thankful attitude is really a leadership discipline. It’s so important that - as leaders - we practice thanking those who have invested into our lives. So here are a few things every leader should do in this season of Thanksgiving.

First of all, remember to thank each person that has empowered you in your journey. You know we can never reach our potential without other people. It’s tempting to think all of our achievements were done by our own strength and skill. But no matter who you are, there’s a mentor or a friend who has invested into your dream. So take time to write a simple thank-you note. Maybe just send them a quick text saying how much you appreciate them. When people know they have been effectively empowering you, they’ll want to continue investing into the relationship and into your future success.

Secondly, take time to thank those who do thankless jobs. You know, there are many people who indirectly affect our lives. But we never really notice them. For example, a janitor may not directly affect your life. But your workplace would be completely different without their diligence and hardwork. So take time in the coming weeks just to tell them thank-you. Even when you’re checking out at a store, just take a couple of seconds and let them know you appreciate their hardwork!

Lastly, it’s a time to graciously accept thanks from others. For many leaders, this can be the hardest part. But it’s important that you accept thanks from those around you and take ownership of your actions. You see, people tend to model their leadership. So if they see their leaders deflecting praise for their accomplishments, they’ll do the same. They’ll find it hard to accept your notes of appreciation or thanks. So be willing to just graciously accept any thanks and praise from others. Let them know it was an honor to be able to serve them and that you appreciate them taking the time to thank you for your work.

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