Of all the lessons we have had this year, Gratitude is the most important one. Between the lockdown anxiety and coming to terms with social distancing we learned the basics of being grateful. Leaders too started re-emphasizing the power of gratitude in leadership.
Gratitude and leadership
Gratitude and leadership is like a boat and an oar. One needs the other to move forward. When we do something negative, we expect to hear some sort of disapproval. At the same time, most of us are eager to hear words of praise after doing something good. This is even more magnified in a business setting. Then why are we hesitant in doing that?
Often we forget that small gestures can reap huge benefits. Especially when we are in a work environment we interact with all kinds of people. Majority of the time, these people are pleasant, hardworking and a pleasure to be around. However employees need energy boosters. Showing gratitude is a way to motivate employees indirectly.
The pandemic did try to wreak Jaipur Rugs and shatter us but our team of superheroes defended it so well. When you have a team of superheroes with you everything is possible. But most of the leaders are unaware about the super heroes among them. Every organization has a team or several teams of superheroes who are well versed and unique in their problem solving capabilities. As leaders we should make sure to show our gratitude to our employees/superheroes. The ways can be different but the underlying message is the same.
A small initiative of praising our superheroes by sending internal newsletters on complimenting their work during the lockdown re-emphasized our vision of totality and inclusiveness at Jaipur Rugs.
The stories of our brave hearts who managed their personal life, sleep schedules, family concerns altogether to keep their work as priority and made Jaipur Rugs emerge even stronger than before. This created a sense of mutual admiration and respect. By re-focussing on our vision of totality we brought the uniqueness of our employees during the most crucial time.
Recognition plays a huge part in showcasing gratitude. Today while we part, think about the compliments you received and then about the compliments you gave. I hope you gave more than you received.
Gratitude in leadership is a powerful key to open doors of possibilities and innovation.