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Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results

Harper Business. Mar. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780062965783. $29.99. BUS
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Gostick and Elton, cofounders of global training company The Culture Works, expound upon the belief that gratitude is a mental state that can improve well-being and have a positive impact on one’s ability to live a happier life. The authors believe that gratitude is one of the most critical skills for leaders to learn, and maintain that when it is authentic, specific, and timely, it can boost employee motivation and productivity. Gostick and Elton also present and debunk myths standing in the way of expressing gratitude. With plentiful stories and subtle humor to illustrate these myths, the authors set the stage for later chapters, in which they describe and demonstrate eight simple ways of showing gratitude, along with easy to follow examples and advice. Gratitude can be applied not only in the workplace but in one’s family and social life, too. Keeping a gratitude journal is encouraged: start small, if necessary, but start today.
VERDICT For managers focused on motivation and productivity and anyone else seeking advice on how to express thankfulness.

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