Unite in Gratitude – July 2020 Acrostic

Many nations celebrate their anniversaries in July, including 244 years for the United States as a free nation.  While 2020 has been a difficult year, a focus on “unity” is essential as a “house divided cannot stand.”   And that same principle applies to leadership practices as a “team divided will fail.” 


Grateful Leadership promotes the best practices in human resources management.  It encourages diverse individuals to better understand & value one another.  When we focus on the “greater good” of the overall team – it eliminates destructive or selfish behavior.  Our individual differences become more accepted & appreciated.  That overall positive leadership theme can help build unity in our teams & society as well.


Understanding comes from patience, listening, trust & acceptance

Never underestimate unity, only 56 signed the declaration of independence

Innovation occurs when teams work together with a positive spirit

Teach acknowledgment & gratitude as a true role model each day

Eliminate selfish behavior & encourage the team to achieve great things 


Improve team morale during difficult times using affirmation & appreciation

No one is an island – those who operate alone will sink into a sea of despair 


Get together often with your virtual team to uplift & unify them

Revive stagnant team members through the art of grateful leadership

Affirm quality contributions & encourage team to grow in their skills

Teach grateful leadership by example in your daily conduct with others

Invest in continuing education – as new leadership skills are needed for 2020  

Together we stand — divided we fall

Unity is a give & take process to look beyond differences for the greater good

Devote quality time to listening, learning, and planning for greater success

Each grateful leadership action makes a difference – go out & just do it



Nations That Celebrate Their Birthdays in July


  • Rwanda July 1, 1962 Independence from Belgium in 1962.
  • Somalia July 1, 1960 Union of the Trust Territory of Somalia (former Italian Somaliland) and British Somaliland to form the Somali Republic. Event commemorated annually. Independence Day (Somalia) 
  • Belarus July 3, 1944 The liberation of Minsk after several years of German occupation in 1944. Independence Day of Belarus 
  • United States July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now the United Kingdom) in 1776. Independence Day (United States) or Fourth of July 
  • Algeria July 5, 1962 Independence from France in 1962. Independence Day (Algeria) 
  • Cape Verde July 5, 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.
  • Venezuela July 5, 1811 Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811.
  • Comoros July 6, 1975 Independence from France in 1975.
  • Malawi July 6, 1964 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
  • Solomon Islands July 7, 1978 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.
  • Argentina July 9, 1816 Independence declared from the Spanish Empire in 1816. Independence Day 
  • South Sudan July 9, 2011 Independence from Sudan in 2011.
  • Bahamas, The July 10, 1973 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973. Bahamian Independence Day 
  • Kiribati July 12, 1979 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979.
  • São Tomé and Príncipe July 12 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.
  • Slovakia July 17, 1992 Declaration of Independence in 1992 (only a Remembrance Day), de jure independence came on January 1, 1993 after the division of Czechoslovakia (public holiday).
  • Colombia July 20 and August 7, 1810 and 1819 Independence from Spain in 1810.
  • Belgium July 21, 1831 Independence from the United Netherlands (Belgian revolution) on October 4, 1830. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld took the oath as first King of the Belgians on July 21, 1831. Belgian National Day 
  • Liberia July 26, 1847 Independence from the American Colonization Society in 1847.
  • Maldives July 26, 1965 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.