Change Your Attitude Change Your Life

change your attitude change your life

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Traits of a leader

Do you suffer from a negative attitude?  You can change your attitude and change your life.

Are you a glass half full or glass have full type of guy?

Attitude really is everything.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude could be one of the most important skills a leader must develop, especially if this is unnatural to her.  When a leader shows gratitude she communicates honor and valuing her employees ability to do high-level work.

One of the best books I have read on leadership is Crucial Accountability.

You can purchase Crucial Accountability here.

The premise of the book is to provide tools for “resolving violated expectations, broken commitments, and bad behavior.”  What kind of leader doesn’t need this type of skill?

If you are serious about upgrading your traits of a leader then seriously consider digesting this book!

Crucial Accountability is full of resources and strategy and how to implement this into your leadership repertoire, but I really love how the book ends.

The end of the book describes why noticing when things go right is so important.

When people already feel respected and valued a leader can hold them accountable (Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, Swizzler, 2013, p. 256).  The authors also recommend praise more than you think and then double it (Patterson et al., 2013, p. 257).

Can you imagine doubling the amount of praise that you already give?  Now that is developing an attitude of gratitude!

Change Your Attitude Change Your Life

Wisdom from a Ford  CEO…

change your attitude change your lifePatterson et al. (2013) describe a leader that got it right.  Donald Peterson, a former chairman at Ford, handwrote short, sincere, positive messages to people he worked with everyday.

He argued, “The most important ten minutes of your day are those you spend doing something to boost the people you work with.”   Click to Tweet.

Reading later in this book the author’s describe the profound nature of this act. First, expressing honest appreciation (an attitude of gratitudeis one of our most important jobs as a leader.  Second, the notes were simple and heartfelt; they had a extraordinary impact on their recipients.  (Patterson et al. p. 259).

As leaders we need to break the habit of only celebrating the home-runs.  A bunch of singles that move runners into scoring position are worthy of recognition too.

Writing thank you notes and developing an attitude of gratitude is a sure way  to emulate traits of leaders.

change your attitude change your lifeI’ve become interested in Chandler Bolt who created the Self-Publishing School because I would like to write some books on education and I really love learning from others.

In a recent email to me, Chandler wrote about how he commits to a year-long challenge. This past year he wrote thank you notes each day, for 365 days.  What a challenge!

Finally, while listening to Entrepreneur on Fire Episode 921 the guest, Thom Singer, was asked “Do you have a personal habit that contributes to your success?”  Click to Tweet.

According to Thom he writes 10 thank you notes a week (roughly 500 a year!).  I love this quote by Thom, “I am touching people in a way that says ‘you are more important than an email, a like, a link, a share, or a follow.’”  Click to Tweet.

As leaders, I challenge you to take a 365 Day Thank You Note Challenge and develop your attitude of gratitude.  Who knows?  You just might change your attitude and change your life.

Send me some examples @_BetterSchools with a photo of your note or add one to the comments below.

Daniel E. Bauer

Daniel E. Bauer


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I teach leadership skills through a data-driven and emotionally healthy approach that gets others to perform their best.

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“Steve Maraboli If forgiveness is medicine for the soul, then gratitude is vitamins” by BK licensed via CC 2.0