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The attributes of grace

What does grace mean? Consider these five attributes.

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Grace is our path to comity, civility and compassion.

Grace is a catalyst for the “greater good” at work, at home and in our communities. Grace is a clarion call for the goodness in the world around us as well as a practical guide to implementing grace in your own life.

My book, “GRACE: A Leader’s Guide for a Better Us,” tells the stories of women and men making a positive difference in our world by devoting themselves to serving as agents of positive change.

GRACE is also an acronym representing five attributes:

  • G is for generosity, the will to do something more for others.
  • R is respect, the dignity of life and work.
  • A is action, the mechanism for change.
  • C is compassion, the concern for others.
  • E is energy, the spirit that catalyzes us.

Each attribute is distinct but each works with the others to make the notion of grace something that is tangible and therefore actionable.


John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2018, Trust Across America honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Trust. Also in 2018, named Baldoni a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. In 2019, Global Gurus ranked him No. 9 on its list of top 30 global experts, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2014, named Baldoni to its list of top 50 leadership experts. Baldoni is the author of 14 books, including“MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership” and his newest, “GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us.” Learn more about why he wrote “GRACE” in this short video.

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