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The 5 Cs of Grateful Leadership

After training tens of thousands of people in the concepts of Grateful Leadership and the Power of Acknowledgment on behalf of International Institute for Learning, the “5 Cs of Acknowledgment” has been one tool that many take to heart and put to immediate and long-lasting use. Discussing and implementing the 5 Cs with your teams and throughout your company will inspire all of your stakeholders to perform their best and start reaching the highest possible levels of engagement. Below is the series of blog posts on each of the 5 Cs–not just for you to read, but for you to incorporate into both your professional and personal life today.

The 5 Cs of Acknowledgment for Grateful Leaders: An Introduction
Grateful Leaders Practice Consciousness
Grateful Leaders Choose “Yes”
Lion-Hearted Leaders
Grateful Leaders Know That Communication Leads to Connection
Commit to a Culture of Appreciation
The 5 Cs of Grateful Leaders: Concluding Thoughts and Next Steps


Judith W. Umlas is the senior vice president, author, and trainer at International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL), a global corporate training company. She is the publisher of IIL Publishing, New York, as well as the publisher of allPM.com, the web portal for project managers around the globe. She is the author of the ground-breaking book, The Power of Acknowledgment, which has been credited with changing workplaces and lives by making use of the Seven Principles of Acknowledgment she developed. Her latest book Grateful Leadership, Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in fall 2012, and You’re Totally Awesome: The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids will be published in spring 2013 by IIL Publishing.

Judith delivers inspiring, motivational, and transformational keynote addresses on Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment all over the world. She also leads webinars and teaches full day virtual and traditional courses to organizations like Volvo, the U.S. Army, Prudential, JMP Engineering, the World Bank, Fannie Mae, IBM, AT&T, and many others. She has trained tens of thousands of people through her leading edge, highly interactive and engaging courses and keynotes—with outstanding and longlasting results. Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment are Judith’s passion and her mission!

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