This week is a season when most of us will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. For this week, we may stop and be a little more intentional about being thankful. But does one week make you a thankful leader? Would your team say you are a leader who is thankful? Does being thankful really make a difference to the organization you lead? Let’s look at scripture to see some signs to look for that determine if you are a thankful leader.
Signs You Are a Thankful Leader.
Thankful for your team.
You are truly grateful for the team God has given you to lead. You pray for them often and in your prayers you give thanks for them.
“I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16A thankful leader prays for their team often and gives thanks for them. Click To Tweet
Thankful for the work of leadership.
You use every opportunity to give thanks to God through the work you do as a leader. You know that ultimately this place of leadership you hold is both a responsibility and an opportunity for you to represent Christ. You intentionally look for ways to express your thankfulness through words and through actions.
“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17A grateful leader intentionally looks for ways to express thankfulness through words & actions. Click To Tweet
Thankful in all things.
You try to lead from a position of thankfulness even when things don’t go well. You trust God even when you or your team faces a significant problem or challenge. You don’t blame circumstances or people in difficult times but give thanks for God’s faithfulness to you even in the hard places.
“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18A thankful leader trusts God even when you or your team faces a significant problem or challenge. Click To Tweet
Thankful through prayer.
Your team sees the confidence you have in God. They know you are a leader who prays. You consistently take the needs of the team to God through prayer. You regularly call your team to pray specifically for God’s wisdom, direction, and favor on your work. You don’t easily worry because you easily pray. You pray with thanksgiving. Even in the challenges of leadership there is always much to be thankful for.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7A grateful leader doesn't easily worry because you easily pray. You pray with thanksgiving. Click To Tweet
Building a thankful team.
A thankful leader creates a thankful team. A thankful team is a grateful team and that shows up strong in the unity of the team and in the way your team serves others. Ultimately, as your team’s thanksgiving increases, so does our worship and praise to God.
“Indeed, everything is for your benefit, so that grace, extended through more and more people, may cause thanksgiving to increase to God’s glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:15A thankful leader creates a thankful team. What kind of team are you building? Click To Tweet
All of these signs challenge me as a leader. I want to grow to be more of a thankful leader and want those around me to see that thankfulness lived out in the daily work of leadership.
What about you?
Blessings & Happy Thanksgiving,