Being grateful as a leader? For tough executives (in tough organizations, in an even tougher business world), this sounds a bit esoteric, doesn’t it?
In the face of the daily pressure to deliver results fast, you do not not even have a minute for dubious "gratitude practices" such as the one outlined below.
But: it works! And it’s certainly worth your while.
If you are not convinced, read “Buddha’s Brain - the practical neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom” by Rick Hanson. Coming from a background in natural science myself, I bring a certain skepticism towards obscure approaches, too. This book helped me to see the science behind mindfulness, meditation, gratefulness etc. Evidently, it works.
So, what could you be grateful for today if you wanted to, and had a minute to be grateful?
The combination of leadership and gratitude is extremely powerful. Gratitude helps you feel better and see the good things in life. When combined with a gratitude practice, you will also be able to anchor that positive feeling into your brain and body, thus being able to call on that positive emotional reserve whenever you need to. The power of gratitude gives leaders the edge they need to quickly pivot during stressful situations, such as their team not performing or their bottom line dropping. When leaders pause for 60 seconds and use the Gratitude Practice outlined below, they give their brains and their bodies a chance to recalibrate. This allows them to focus not only on the present and how they can turn things around, but on hidden opportunities to be grateful.