Heading into the holiday season, what can leaders do to support their teams, work cooperatively together, and practice gratitude?
- Encourage collaboration: Work is a zero-sum game. When someone gets a win or is successful, it reflects the team as a whole. Success for a group can feel much better than an individual win for the other benefits gained from collaboration.
- Create internal gratitude movements: The holidays are a great time to start a gratitude movement. Catching people doing something right and applauding that with the team can be a great way not only to show gratitude but let your team know that they are seen and heard. Of course, you can raise that a bit by adding a gift card to the mix. My favorite this year has been sending what I refer to as “digital cups of coffee.” Starbucks makes it very easy to send a quick gift card by email or text! Giving always feels good.
- Encourage a gratitude journal or meditation: There is no wrong way to keep a gratitude journal. Start by writing down up to five things you feel grateful for every day, and there you have it, your journal has begun. If journaling is not your thing, carve out time to meditate on the things you are grateful for. That meditation time can allow for self-reflection and clarity, resulting in bringing your best self to the day.