Today’s leadership post will be shorter than most. The length has nothing to do with the importance or value. In fact, this might be one of my most important leadership articles.

I’ve written about giving thanks before. It’s something you should always do. Modern technology has made thanking people a lot easier. This is good and bad. It’s good because we have many different ways to connect and thank. It’s bad because the value of a “Thank You” via text or email is less than traditional methods. If you want to stand out from the crowd, hand-write a thank you note.




Don’t get me wrong, I’m always thankful. But, I usually shoot a text or an email. So, today I will handwrite a thank you letter. I’m not very good at this, but I’m going to get better.

You don’t have to do handwrite a letter every time. Use it for special occasions. Below I'll provide a few examples on appropriate times to handwrite Thank You notes.

1.     A direct report goes above and beyond to help the team

2.     Writing a random note of appreciation to your executive assistant for putting up with your stuff

3.     A colleague goes out of their way to help you out

4.     A customer / supplier steps up to the plate

5.     Your boss makes an exception to allow for more budget

I could go on, but you get the general idea. These are instances where taking the time to handwrite a note has greater impact and value. We get 100s of emails per day. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a handwritten note when you walk into your office or sit down at your desk? If you have a virtual team, snail mail still works perfect! 

Oh, you could also schedule time once a month to write a few notes to your team, colleagues, or maybe your spouse / partner! Yep, that could be a great one. "Thank you for always supporting me..." you fill in the rest. 

There’s a hashtag, #todayiwill, on Twitter. I’m sure people are using it on other social media sites as well. I’m going to start posting my plans for improvement using this hashtag (#todayiwill). I encourage you to do the same thing. Think about small and easy steps you can take to improve your leadership on a daily basis. Post those. So for today’s post:

#todayiwill handwrite a Thank You letter

Keep me informed on your #todayiwill thoughts. I’ll post my areas for improvement and look for your posts as well.

Stewart Swayze