Leadership Series: The Importance of Appreciation


What is appreciation? Appreciation can be defined as the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. It can also be defined as having a full understanding of a situation. Some other words that can be used in place of appreciation are admiration, respect, knowledge, gratitude, and awareness.

Think about the word “appreciation” and think about the words that can be substituted for this word. These words are all ones that are often used to describe great leaders.

The ability and willingness to express sincere appreciation is one of the most valuable skills of leadership communication. People are more likely to follow a leader who makes them feel good about themselves and can appreciate what they bring to the organization, team, or unit that they belong to. A strong leader can appreciate even the smallest victories as well as the mistakes, because they know these are the growing pains for the making of something great.


It is important for us to have an appreciation of our own lives and step into a leadership role for our choices.

We need to appreciate our phases of life and accept that we are responsible for the consequences of our actions. We will make mistakes along the way, but if we grow from these mistakes it will all be worth it in the end. Appreciating, or having a full understanding or knowledge of, or respect for ourselves is what will make us great leaders for our own lives.


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