• Lelia Chapman

Positive Attitude Is Key to Leadership Influence

A leader’s mood runs through the organization like an electrical current. Whatever energy (positive or negative) you bring to your position will be noticed, emulated and even amplified.

Your personal attitude is an important part of that energy. If you aren’t instilling a positive, supportive, encouraging, and “can do” spirit into your organization, then who is?

A Positive Attitude Builds Resiliency

A positive-attitude can be defined as an expectancy that good things will generally happen and a healthy optimism for the future for your company, team, yourself and life in general. This doesn’t mean putting on rose-colored glasses and ignoring problems.

Every organization or team has their set-backs and challenges. When these occur, a leader with a positive attitude will view these circumstances as an opportunity to gain key insights, learn, and grow, building resiliency in the process. A positive leader will not dwell, blame or make excuses when a difficult situation occurs. Rather, he or she will believe that through preparation and the right mindset any adversity can be overcome.

If you want to be a more successful leader and have a bigger impact on those you lead and serve, then focus on your attitude first and foremost. As you change your thinking, your actions will follow… and so too will your influence on the team.

Here are a few suggestions for fostering a positive attitude on your team:

Get to Know Your People An emotional connection can be the electrical wiring between you and the people on your team. It’s about capturing people’s hearts. Once you have captured someone’s heart, you get their hands, head, passion and loyalty. Spending time with your teammates to get to know them can make all the difference in how you perceive each other. It also gives you a better perspective on strengths and weaknesses, making it more likely you'll set your team up for success.

Cultivate an Appreciative Approach With all the daily pressures, it is easy to focus exclusively on what your team is doing wrong. Consider changing your focus by building milestones into your implementation plan that can be celebrated to gain momentum along the way. Look for opportunities to catch people doing things right.

Establish an After-Action Review Process How you process failure is crucial. Military teams and many organizations utilize an after-action review process to debrief projects or other initiatives. The purpose of the after-action review is to identify:

  1. What worked well?

  2. What do we need to do differently in the future?

An after-action review is not intended to grade success or failure. Rather, it is intended as a means to objectively identify strengths that need to be sustained and areas of development that need work. Putting structure around how you have these conversations can ensure much needed perspective and help everyone stay positive and focused on learning and growth.

In closing, your team will emulate your attitudes and behavior. You don’t have to have a positive attitude to have a leadership role, and you don’t have to have it to lead. But, if you want to lead successfully and for a sustained period of time, a positive outlook is a must.

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