By Linda Fisher Thornton
It’s the season of giving and gratitude and celebration, and today I’m sharing a sampling of this blog’s best seasonal messages. Each is meant to inspire us to become our best. As leaders we can promote unity or divisiveness, but of those two, promoting unity is the only ethical path.
These 12 Gifts of Leadership are on the wish lists of employees around the world. They aren’t expensive. They don’t require dealing with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, and one size fits all. Sure, these gifts are harder to give than a fruitcake, but they will be life-changing for those you lead.
Take a moment, in this season of giving thanks, to share a message of gratitude with a leader who has changed your life and inspired your leadership.
Great leaders inspire hopefulness. They imagine a better world, and they build the future accordingly.
What happens when we lead with a sense of wonder? We are open to new experiences, and we tend to look for the best in others and in the world. A sense of wonder keeps us curious and helps us understand things in new ways.
Joy is not something we simply hope for or wait for. It’s something that we create through our everyday actions and relationships. As we celebrate the Holidays and enter the New Year, I hope that you enjoy the timeless quotes about joy that follow. Notice how these reflections on joy tend to focus on gratitude, imagination, open-mindedness and service.
Peace is one of those things that requires reaching out. Just as we must extend trust to receive it from others, we must also extend peace in order to receive it. When each side watches and waits for the other party to extend peace, they create a stalemate that is unresolvable…until someone takes the first step and reaches out.
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