4 Reasons to Lead with Gratitude

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. After all, it’s old news by now that researchers in the positive psychology movement have determined that expressing appreciation is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. That means if you want to be a happier person, start by giving thanks!

But did you know that expressing your gratitude at work can also make you a more effective leader? Here’s why.

1. Gratitude Increases Performance

Want to lead a high-performing team? Recognize them for doing great work. Research commissioned by O.C. Tanner found a strong link between employees’ performance and managers who regularly recognize their team.

When asked, “What is the most important thing that your manager or company currently does that would cause you to produce great work?” 37% of employees reported that more personal recognition would encourage them to consistently deliver higher performance. In fact, the study found that appreciation is the most important driver of superior work performance.

Read the remainder of my article in The Daily Muse.

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A leading authority on women’s leadership, Jo Miller is a sought-after, dynamic, and engaging speaker, delivering more than 70 speaking presentations annually to audiences of up to 1,200 women. Her expertise lies in helping women lead, climb, and thrive in their corporate careers. Jo has traveled widely in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East to deliver keynotes and teach workshops for women’s leadership conferences, women’s professional associations, and Fortune 1000 corporate women’s initiatives. Jo is CEO of leadership development, consulting and research firm Be Leaderly. Learn more about her speaking engagements at www.JoMiller.net and follow @Jo_Miller on Twitter.

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