Why do I say these two words are powerful? Because by neglecting to say thank you; you lose some respect. People will view you differently as a leader. You might even possibly lose the opportunity for someone to do something nice for you again. I would encourage all leaders to express gratitude often towards those they lead. Be genuine, specific and timely in your gratitude and watch what a difference it makes.
Saying thank you can be as easy as verbally telling someone, writing a quick hand-written note and placing it on the keyboard of the person you are thanking before you leave for the night, making an unexpected phone call, sending a quick e-mail, giving a candy bar or single flower, baking some cookies or providing a favorite snack. There are a mulitude of ways to say thank you, just do it. People like grateful leaders.
There are the leaders who have an attitude of taking people for granted, and there are leaders with and attitude of appreciation. I like people…for the most part….we all have those people who get under our skin or we don’t really get on with, but no matter who it is I want to make sure that I appreciate people. People are our most valuable resource and we need to treat them as so. An attitude of appreciation is so much more than saying “thank you” to people, but that helps. It’s more than having a “volunteer appreciation day”, but that could be cool. An attitude of appreciation is day in and day out cherishing the sacrifice people are making to help build the kingdom. When you have that mindset it will ooze out of you. The way you talk to people, the ora you give off, your accessibility…these things show your appreciation.