Lee Brower is a leadership guru to many of his clients and followers. One of his most fundamental principles is to lead by example; to be a person who’s worthy of being followed. This idea is captured in the following video, which tells the story of a father and his son.
Word Root of Gratitude: The Latin word gratus, meaning “pleasing” or “thankful,” gives us the root grat. Words from the Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you’ve done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. To congratulate is to express how pleasing someone’s success is.
Here is what one renowned leader of the 20th century had to say about gratitude:
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
-John F. Kennedy
Lee Brower often reminds us that an event or an experience is not the final outcome. Instead, our responses to events are what define the outcomes. Lee also frames our ability to give unconditionally without expecting anything in return as the highest expression of Gratitude and the best way to be “In Gratitude”. For Mark, paying for a stranger’s meal at a drive-through in response to that person’s act of anger was an example of being “In Gratitude” rather than reacting to anger with anger. In so doing, Mark made an indelible impression on his son, demonstrating that it’s our actions, not necessarily our words, that are the greatest influence we have within our families, our workplace, and our communities.