Welcome to a 4-Part Series called “An Attitude of Gratitude.” For the third consecutive year the SOS Leadership team is continuing its tradition of blogging about gratitude and what matters most during the week of Thanksgiving. Today SOS Leadership Partner Amber Fogarty blogs about how great leaders give thanks.
It’s the time of year when everyone is focused on giving thanks. Every year I marvel at this holiday and wonder to myself, “Why isn’t giving thanks a way of life?” And then I remember…this attitude of gratitude starts with me. It’s a time to reflect on my own leadership journey and how I’ve shown gratitude to those who matter most to me.
What typically happens with time spent in reflection is experiencing a period of having more questions than answers. So today I share these questions with you so we can ponder them together in the days to come:
- How do I give thanks?
- How do I authentically show gratitude on a daily basis?
- Why is it that I spend much of the year focused on what I don’t have, rather than being grateful for what’s right in front of me?
- Is my current attitude one of gratitude?
- Do I have a scarcity mentality or do I genuinely believe I live in abundance?
- As a leader, how am I called to live a life of gratitude?
The other key theme in my reflection about gratitude is that it’s easy to be grateful for what’s right in my life – for family, friends, a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, etc. But how often am I grateful for the things that aren’t as they could or should be? Am I able to give thanks for the challenges that are before me? Do I approach failures and disappointments with a grateful heart? Is that what great leaders do?
Again, more questions than answers. I’d love to say that the answer is a resounding yes. But if I’m honest with myself (and with you), that’s not always the case. At my core, I believe that great leaders are particularly grateful for each and every opportunity that brings about learning and growth. That’s the leader I want to be. That’s the leader I’m striving to be. Here’s to doing the best I can, one day at a time, to lead like that.
From my home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful to you for sharing this journey with me. Experiencing life with others who share my desire to lead and grow brings me joy. It makes me feel fully alive and abundantly blessed. And for that, I am incredibly thankful.