The holiday season is a upon us, which means much of the workforce is revving up to hit final sales of the year. As a leader, whether you're considering holiday bonuses, trying start a new holiday tradition in the office, or pondering how to best give back to employees, take a moment to pause, reflect, and practice gratitude from the wisdom of leaders' past.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
- Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor and Philanthropist
"Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune."
- Sam Walton, Founder, Walmart
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
- William Arthur Ward, American Writer
"Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience. People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier."
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
"The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."
- Charles Schwab, Founder and Chairman, Charles Schwab Corporation
"Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."
- Margaret Cousins, Educationist, Suffragist and Writer
"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet, Essayist, and Philosopher
"Giving recognition to employees who have worked hard to positively impact the achievement of key organizational results is fundamental to sustaining a Culture of Accountability and high levels of productive engagement."
- Craig Hickman, Author and Futurist, Partners In Leadership
The holidays present an important opportunity to reflect on the year's highlights, big wins, and results. The most effective leaders use the power of gratitude to boost morale and empower a positive workplace culture for the year ahead through recognizing employee contributions and appreciation. Learn from these tips and practice an attitude of gratitude yearlong!