Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with family and friends. It’s a time to switch gears and be present to others.
If you’re like me, I have to intentionally challenge myself to put work aside and make room for those heart-to-heart connections that are essential, powerful, and life-giving.
To love and be loved fills our hearts with gratitude. The Thanksgiving table is a time to retell childhood stories, share our struggles and accomplishments, create new memories, and… avoid politics at all costs. 🙂
Engaging our heart makes our lives more meaningful, and as leaders, heart makes our influence more meaningful, as well.
In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership I said it this way:
Leading from the heart means understanding the power of connection: knowing that one of our greatest human needs is to be known.
John Ortberg expresses it this way: “The yearning to attach and connect, to love and be loved, is the fiercest longing of the soul.”
We want to believe that we matter. And we sincerely long for those who lead us to see us as individuals: to see our unique potential and contribution, to help call it out in us, and to affirm that what we bring and who we are really matter to the greater story.
Leading from the heart takes intentionality. As you engage your heart this Thanksgiving, here are four suggestions:
1. Slow down to see people
2. Build time for conversations
3. Have fun
4. Show appreciation
Thanksgiving season reminds us that whether we are gathering around a dining room table or conference room table, we have an opportunity to lead from the heart and impact others.
May you and your family have a blessed and memorable Thanksgiving.
Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group
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Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.