Last month we wrote about how and why an attitude of gratitude is a core leadership attribute. We emphasized that gratitude is - first and foremost - a choice, and focused the discussion on how leaders who demonstrate this quality can (and do) set a tone that can encourage others to develop the same positive attitude themselves. Gratitude is contagious.
Knowing these things, and with a "pay-it-forward" mindset, we can also express our gratitude and in so doing encourage those we serve.
For those of us who reside in America it is natural to consider the topic of gratitude during the month of November since the fourth Thursday of the month is celebrated as a National Holiday under the banner of “Thanksgiving.” The theme of this holiday, which is set aside and celebrated in remembrance of the pilgrims who founded this Nation and in order to give thanks, carries emphasis-weight throughout the entire month.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost
In keeping with the Governor’s Proclamation quoted (in part) above, we have focused this month on Leadership in Preparedness.
As a result of the interest expressed following our article on earthquake preparation last week, I asked my friend and former business colleague, Don MacSparran, to provide us with the next installment on the topic of leadership in preparedness.
Note: One aspect of leadership is the ability to see ahead, plan ahead, and be prepared. As we head into the Fall with uncertain weather right around the corner, I asked Jeremy Stilwell for permission to print an article he drafted for homeowners and property management companies in the Pacific Northwest.