From a leadership perspective, it is dangerous to ever just assume that people feel appreciated. Miriam Salpeter writes for U.S. New and World Report with four tips for getting more explicit with gratitude. The first one is to start getting grateful even if you have not entered a leadership position yet, because if you suddenly start expressing thanks in a new position, people might question if it is genuine. The second tip is to be humble, in that leadership is just one big cog that helps a lot of smaller, instrumental cogs turn. Your cog being bigger does not make it more vital. (I made up that metaphor just now. Feel free to steal it.) Likewise, acknowledge that your success depends on others. And lastly (and tying back to the first point), be sincere about your gratitude—because it will become toxic if it is faked.
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