This has been a rough year for all of us: the pandemic, the economy, the political and racial strife - it's been too much at times. As professionals, it may be that your work has been disrupted, non-work issues have made life difficult, or both!
Yet, there is plenty for which we should be grateful. In fact, being grateful has a positive impact on our physical and emotional health. I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and create a "things I'm grateful for" list. Encourage your team to do it as well.
Here is part of my list:
I'm grateful that my family and I have stayed healthy during a difficult time.
I'm grateful that we had the resources and support to survive some difficult times, times that caused huge damage to some families.
I'm grateful for the loving support I get from my wife, daughters, and family/friends. When I do things (even stupid things) they are there for me with encouragement, love, and understanding.
I'm grateful for colleagues, some of whom have become friends, who challenge me and make me a better professional and person.
I'm grateful for anyone who helped me "just because they could" not because they were trying to get something out of it.
I'm grateful that I've found something professionally that brings me such joy and excitement. Even the worst days fly by because I'm doing something I love.
I'm grateful for all of you who read these posts. Hopefully you learn a little that helps you be a great manager.
That list is by no means exhaustive. However, it gives you a feel for how much gratitude plays in my life.
In terms of being a great manager, if your team doesn't know how much you appreciate them.... let's just say you aren't quite at the great level yet. Keep working - you can do it.