Lead With Gratitude

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I like taking personality tests – Myers Briggs, Strength Finders, Enneagram, DISC – I’m sure there are others. Probably the one I’ve used the most is the DISC test which gives you a “score” in each of these four personality types:

  1. Dominant – change-agents, leaders, extroverted, task-oriented
  2. Inspiring – outgoing, communicators, extroverted, people-oriented
  3. Supportive – reliable, consistent, stable, introverted, people-oriented
  4. Cautious – analytical, critical thinkers, introverted, task-oriented

Whenever I take this test, I score high on the first two; the “D” and the “I”, and lower on the “S” and “C”. Now every personality type has strengths and weaknesses. The key is to recognize them and focus on enhancing your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses. This I a good thing to do in several areas of life.

One area I am currently working on is being more intentional in expressing my appreciation to the people who contribute to my life. I want to show my gratitude for the people with whom I work, play worship, and interact. I find that in my zeal to get things done, to make a difference, its easy to focus so much on the tasks at hand that I sometimes fail to take the time to stop and say “thank you” or “I appreciate you” or “great job!”. Oh, sure, I think it. But I’m pretty sure the people around me, have not yet mastered the art of mind-reading. So I need to tell them!  Building up your gratitude muscles doesn’t take much time. But it does take intention.

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