Episode 21: Does Expressing Gratitude At Work Make You Look Weak?

Gratitude has the potential to radically change a situation. It can soften hearts, brighten days, and make even the most mundane task feel like it’s changed the world. 

Unfortunately, gratitude has lost its lustre in the workplace. Being grateful and expressing thanks might sometimes be perceived as weakness rather than kindness. Achievements and cut-throat advancements get more applause than someone taking the time to recognize and thank the team members who helped get the achievement. 

So how do we get gratitude in the spotlight? Is it really a practice that could negatively impact your workplace reputation? What does workplace gratitude even look like?

On this episode, Cynthia Nwaubani, a corporate banking executive from Nigeria, shares an incredible story of gratitude for where her life has gone and what she has learned along the way.

Guest Bio:

Cynthia Nwaubani is a Senior Vice President and Corporate Banking Manager at HSBC’s corporate banking group in Dallas, Texas. She is responsible for developing and managing relationships with middle market and large corporate companies with revenues up to $5 billion. Prior to HSBC, Cynthia was a Senior Relationship Manager serving Wells Fargo’s middle-market and mid-corporate clients.

Active in her community, Cynthia serves on the Dallas regional board of 4word, an organization centered on developing women leaders who work, love, and pray. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of WiNGS, a non-profit organization centered on providing financial literacy and general wellness services to women and serves as a mentor to women business owners from countries that have been affected by war or genocide through the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW). Cynthia has also served on the International Business Council of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and has chaired the National Leadership Conference and the Dallas Women’s Conference for the National Diversity Council. 

For her community leadership, The Texas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional fund in the world, honored Cynthia with the 2017 Young Leader Award, The Immigrant Journey Award honored her with the 2018 Professional Excellence Award, The SMU Women’s Symposium honored her with the 2019 Profiles in Leadership Award and the Dallas Business Journal honored her with the 2019 Dallas Women in Business Award – an annual award given to the top 30 North Texas’ Women in Business. 

Married with three daughters, Cynthia and her family reside in Frisco, Texas.