A Little Applause for Those Who Lead
By Stacy Roberts
Have you ever thought about the impact of the two simple words “thank you?”
This expression of appreciation is so valuable; however, many people take it for granted when it comes to appreciating those in leadership positions in their homes, organizations and communities. Have you ever taken a moment to really consider all the work your leaders do and the trials they face?
I want to encourage everyone who reads my column this month to tell a leader thank you.
To every leader:
Thank you for taking the reins and accepting your leadership role. You could have said no.
Thank you for handling the challenges you face every day with courage and class. You could have backed down.
Thank you for the late nights you have worked to make sure that your teams and organizations were taken care of. You could have, and probably should have, gotten some rest.
Thank you for operating ethically and with honesty and integrity. You could have chosen to be deceitful.
Thank you for motivating your teams when they had no idea that you, in fact, needed motivation yourself. You could have not cared.
Thank you for standing up for what is right and not siding with wrong actions. You could have been unfair.
Thank you for taking the hits and being a buffer for your teams. You could have let them take the fall.
Thank you for your prayers.
Thank you for your sacrifices.
Thank you for doing the right thing, and most of all, thank you for just being you.
I understand it might not always seem like your teams and followers understand all that you do, but I want to let you know that you are appreciated. People are watching and learning from you.
There is a big difference between a manager and a leader. Thank you for being the leader who your families, teams and communities need to reach their full potential and success. Your efforts, drive, passion and heart have not gone unnoticed.
Thank you and keep up the good work.