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The Thankful Leader
By Andy Kaufman
What are two of the most powerful words in the English language? There are good candidates…. “Forgive me.” “I’m sorry.” You can likely think of others.
How about “Thank you.”
Each November Americans celebrate a rather unique holiday. We call it Thanksgiving Day, a holiday set aside to express thankfulness for all our blessings. Though some just treat it as a day off work or school, it is typically a day known for spending time with family and friends, eating, perhaps watching football, and overall relaxing.
Thankfulness and Leadership
I fundamentally believe that some of the most miserable, unhappy leaders are those who do not have an attitude of gratitude. On the flipside, some of the most contented, well-respected, successful leaders I know are people who regularly make a habit of expressing thanks.
Whether you are an American or not, let’s make these last weeks a time of giving thanks, and giving it in abundance.
Ever notice how and when we say “Thank you?”
If you’re walking toward the door to a building and someone opens it for you, the polite response is, “Thank you.” If your car is stranded on a remote road on a freezing cold, stormy night and someone stops to lend a helping hand, you use the same two words, but with a deeper expression. If you happened to be on the top floor of a hotel that had caught fire, without exit, too high to jump, and were passing out from the smoke and were suddenly rescued by a firefighter, you would use the same two words but the expression is nothing remotely similar to the other scenarios.
The difference? I suggest there is a direct correlation between how dependent we are on someone and the depth of the thankfulness we express.
Think about it. We could have opened our own door to the building. It was thoughtful, but we could have done it ourselves easily. In the stranded car, it was certainly more of a jam, but with a cell phone and credit card, we could have been OK. The hotel fire was truly a desperate situation. Short of certain severe injury or death by jumping, we were truly dependent on someone else to bail us out.
Recognizing Our Dependence
We don’t often talk about being dependent. To the contrary, we seem to be trained from youth to be independent. Isn’t leadership about learning to stand alone when necessary, thinking independently instead of just following the crowd?
Indeed. Yet the true leader recognizes they are truly dependent, and probably more than they realize without taking time for reflection.
Stop and try a little exercise. Grab a piece of paper and something to write with. What are 10 things you have a high degree of dependence on… things that if they were not there your life, your success, or your satisfaction would significantly be impacted.
Do it now before continuing.
Did that take long? Any surprises?
Chances are you included things related to your health, your faith, people closest to you, perhaps your country, customers, or the stability of your job or business.
We fool ourselves by not recognizing our incredible dependence and inter-dependence as leaders. This deception can lead us to take people and things around us for granted, leading to a lack of thankfulness.
In a world filled uncertainty, there are countless things we have to be thankful for. I have the breath to be alive right now, without a guarantee of another heartbeat. I have an incredibly loving wife and three amazing children that bring joy beyond my wildest dreams, far more than I deserve. I am surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors that support and encourage and pray for me. And I have the peace and joy that come with a genuine faith in a God who provided a way for dependent souls like me.
What are you thankful for?
That’s my story. What about yours? What are you thankful for?
I asked that question to many of you and was overwhelmed with responses. In less than 24 hours I had hundreds of responses from all over the world, from England to Romania to South Africa to Malaysia to New Zealand to Texas. Some sent family pictures. Others sent stories that will melt your heart. Some struggle with being thankful right now. Don't miss these!
Make this holiday a season of “thanks giving”
Check out the outpouring of thanks from readers like yourself. You will truly be inspired and spurred on to take action on this edition’s challenge. Whether you say “Thank you”, “Gracias”, “Merci”, or the same powerful words in a different language, make this a holiday season of recognizing your dependence and giving thanks. It will truly be an incredible end to the year, for you and those around you!
P.S. Join me on the radio on Wednesday, November 27. I'll be talking about you! Click here for details.
Have a great one!
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Andy's Talking About You on the Radio!
I was a guest on the Michael Dresser Show on Wednesday, November 27. You can hear Michael streaming live around the world by going to the show's web site: www.MichaelDresser.com. Check out the archives to listen to the interview.
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A World of Thanks
Each edition I include links to help in your personal and leadership development. Here are the links for this month!
"Four Steps to Banishing Your Fear of the Pink Slip", by Andy Kaufman, Wall Street Journal's Career Journal. WSJ's Career Journal picked up this former Horizon Time article to share with it's readers around the world!
"Leadership From Below", by Patricia Wallington, CIO.com, October 15, 2002. Leadership talent exists throughout the corporate food chain. Learn to develop leadership at all levels.
"Harry Kraemer's Moment of Truth", by Keith H. Hammonds, FastCompany, November 2002. Leadership in a crisis. Harry is one of my CEO heroes. See how he handled his crisis....
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