gratitude

The Benefits of Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude

Jen Roberts Leadership

Thanksgiving is a celebration marked on our annual calendar. For some, when the day is done and it’s time to go back to normal life, work, kids, homework, and responsibility, it becomes more difficult to focus on what you have and take for granted every day. Our lack of gratitude isn’t intentional; it’s just that we don’t always guide our attention to the abundance in our lives. Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives as parallel realities. It is always our choice which we will attend to. When we choose not to focus on what we lack, what is missing in our lives, but are grateful for the abundance that is present, we are free to experience true joy and fulfillment. It’s easy to get swept up in our busy-ness and daily hassles that cause anxiety. I once read an article about telling our children to, “Hurry up.” …

Inspiring Leader

Are You an Inspiring Leader?

Jen Roberts Communication, Engagement, Leadership

Inspiring. It’s a word most people think of as an important leadership quality. But what does being an inspiring leader really mean? Oftentimes when leaders imagine inspiring, they think of standing up in front of their team during a challenge and having the ability to motivate the masses; saying just the right words to make a powerful impact and move people into positive action. This is about them. On the flip side, what would happen if leaders shifted their awareness to inspiring for the benefit of others? My son came home from school with a handmade bookmark that captured several statements about “Luke’s Super Star Qualities” written by his classmates (not all of whom were close friends). I was so moved to read some of the things that were written. Among them were… “Luke is helpful!” “Luke is strong.” “Luke is a great writer.” “Luke makes people laugh a lot.” …

Gratitude

Gratitude: The Secret Ingredient to Inspiring Leadership

Jen Roberts Communication, Leadership, Management

What inspires you? When we’re asked that question it can be tempting to focus on big, momentous acts. In business, leaders imagine standing up in front of their team during a challenge and having the ability to motivate the masses; saying just the right words to make a powerful impact and move people into positive action. When it comes down to it, however, employees don’t need for you to be the Master of the Universe to inspire them on a daily basis. In fact, it can be as simple as taking the time to share your appreciation for their hard work. That’s it. Really. A truly inspirational leader sees the best in each individual and the gifts they possess. Inspiring, in this sense, is a way of stimulating and lifting people to a new level of creativity and energy. It’s about seeing the greatness and value in someone and going …