When Judith W. Umlas asked me to write a foreword for her book describing the benefits and joys of being a Grateful Leader, I was honored to do so. I have personally learned that the nation’s workplaces are not rigid fortresses. They are living entities in flux, and their growth is dependent on the shifting currents of humanity in and around them.

A culture of Grateful Leadership starts with leaders who are inspired by a profound sense of personal gratitude. They are also acutely conscious of how an attitude of appreciation affects both employees and the community at large. If the expression of gratitude is contrived, the result is uninspired. We all know when someone is being disingenuous, and there is nothing more demoralizing than ...

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