We just finished the Thanksgiving holiday and I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends. We barely finished our meal before the avalanche of Black Friday hit us full blast! Whether you were one of the many who got up early to stand in long lines for a great deal, it is an amazing event. I decided to stay home with my cup of coffee and wait to hear the stories from others who braved the experience.
The retail numbers were coming in by late evening. It appears this Black Friday event was good for most retailers and surpassed last year’s overall sales records significantly. We are off and running! The Christmas season has begun.
But before we close the door on Thanksgiving and open the door to Christmas, I am reminded how quickly we can move past being thankful leaders. Before we get caught up in our own score card, let’s look at some dangers of being a thankless leader.
3 Dangers of Being a Thankless Leader:
- You overlook others.
When you are thankful, your focus is on others and not on yourself. You look around and see all the people in your life and you feel blessed. When you are thankless, you take others for granted and feel entitled to all that others do for you. When you are the focus, you easily overlook others and their contributions.
- You are never satisfied.
Thankless people are always looking for more from others. They are never satisfied and performance is never good enough. They use people for their own benefit, their own reward, and people become a means to an end. Thankful people are overwhelmed and humbled by the abundance of blessings. Thankful people are quick to recognize the gifts and contributions of others.
- You have no joy.
A thankful person is full of joy and gratitude. The glass is not half full, it is overflowing. A thankless leader is mostly unhappy often blaming others for not measuring up to their expectations. They even see their lack of joy as someone else’s fault. The glass isn’t just half empty, it is completely empty.
It is very dangerous to be a thankless leader. Your work is about people and no one wants to work with a leader that overlooks others, is never satisfied, and has no joy!
So let the spirit of Thanksgiving stay with you through the Christmas season and beyond. Every day, be a thankful leader and you will attract and develop a great team.Every day, be a thankful leader and you will attract and develop a great team! Click To Tweet
(One of my very favorite Christmas movies is Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. I highly recommend you watch it to see a thankless leader transformed!)
What other dangers do you see in a thankless leader?
“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6
“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18