Thanks For All You Do
The phrase “thank you” has no verb in it, and yet it is one of the most powerful phrases in any language. Giving thanks has an amazing ability to help us keep everything in the proper perspective. It is easy to get bogged down in the pressures of life, whether that is in the work place or our personal lives. By focusing on the things that truly bless us, however, we become far more grounded in the truth. Problems keep us inwardly focused. Thanksgiving keeps us outwardly focused.
Being thankful, as it turns out, is also one of the keys to being a great leader. Patrick Lencioni points out that there are three major pitfalls that we can easily find ourselves in.
Pitfall #1 – You become a leader for the wrong reasons. The only true leadership is servant leadership. We fall into an abyss when we focus on what we get. True leaders sacrifice themselves for their people, even though there is no guarantee of a return on the investment.
Pitfall #2 – You fail to be vulnerable. Most of us are uncomfortable in exposing our weaknesses, or even acknowledging that they exist. Great leaders share the good, the bad and the ugly because it creates trust. Trust is the fuel in any organization, family or corporation.
Pitfall #3 – You make leadership too important. The leader is only important if people are actually following. Leaders are meant to unlock potential in others, rather than showing that they are the smartest person in the room.
Giving thanks is important in avoiding these pitfalls because pride is at the center of all three of these issues. It is hard for pride to gain root in our lives when thanksgiving abounds. While Halloween was fun, Thanksgiving is critical to our success, regardless of whether it is a holiday in your country or not.
On behalf of the Graebel organization, I want to tell our customers, service partners and our team members – THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!