Judith W. Umlas, our good friend and colleague, is the author of three books on acknowledgment, including Grateful Leadership, which guided us in writing this section. To Judy, acknowledgment is not just about saying thanks or giving a pat on the back. It is about recognizing the unique value someone brings to a situation or a relationship, and sharing the benefits of that value. It is not easy to do so for this book, since literally dozens of professionals have collaborated with us to help us achieve a lifelong dream. However, we are going to try, since their work is a testament to the enthusiasm, honesty, openness, and dedication to excellence that created this book.

First of all, the leadership of the ...

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