We all feel a little better when we receive a “thank you” no matter the reason. So the challenge for all of us in leadership roles is to set the example with liberal and sincere use of “thank you.” At home, at work and in the community there is only upside benefit in using “thank you” in every possible circumstance.
When we leaders model the right behavior others will follow. When we are seen as thoughtful by thanking others we earn the respect of those around us.
New Year’s resolution suggestion: “I will use ‘thank you’ twice as often in 2012”.