Simple Things Matter to Titleless Leaders

As a colleague of Nan’s, I periodically post here when things strike me about titleless leaders, which they did recently.

I live in Ocean City, New Jersey. Recent weather conditions, hurricane Sandy and a Nor’easter a few days later, got me thinking about the importance of gratitude. Not once a year at Thanksgiving but how we operate everyday.

It is something we all know – holding a door, a thank you; a comment such as “I appreciate you staying late to complete that report”  all matter. Expressing gratitude builds strong personal and professional relationships. In the workplace gratitude ignites initiative and discretionary effort, and it’s something titleless leaders regularly do.

Try Watching Yourself

  •  How often do you notice someone doing something right? Your boss, colleague, co-worker?
  • How often do you recognize it by expressing appreciation?
  • What would happen if you starting do it?

This week is a perfect time to start noticing what others are doing at work that is helping you do yours. How can you recognize them in a personal way?