Great leaders need to be able to stay positive when faced with adversity; if you can’t see the bright side to a situation there is little chance you are going to be able to motivate your colleagues through it. It is very easy to become a hardened cynic in today’s society; surrounded by depressing news of war, conflict and famine, being overworked, being part of inefficient and frustrating systems, they wear you down and release your inner cynic.
However, one thing that the majority of CEO’s have in common is that they have a generally positive outlook. This positive way of looking at things allows them to see opportunities where others would see problems, always looking for a way to prosper, even in the darkest of times. Positivity is one of the foundations of leadership and is required by anyone looking to get into a management position regardless of the Leadership Skills they may possess.
So let’s take a look at some of the traits positive people possess:
- They look for opportunities and not problems
- They quickly shift from analysis to action
- They are consistently lucky
- They focus on a better life style
Well you may look at these traits and feel that they are completely foreign to you, so what steps do you have to adopt these traits and move into this positive mindset? Here are some key points to look at in order to obtain this sustainable positivity:
- Focus: focus and play to your strengths and not your weaknesses. You can’t do everything yourself, so make sure you know what you’re not good at and give people a chance to shine trying a new role or task.
- Managing Feelings: never take out any negative feelings you have out on people you work with. You always have a choice to stop being angry at anytime and instead be interested and engaged with what’s going on around you. What do you think will have the better reaction from your colleagues?
- Visualise: Make sure that any goal is well thought out and mapped in your mind. Make sure you know everything about your goal and are sure how to get there to best achieve it.
- Get into Action: Don’t let the past stop you from taking control of your future. Look at any negative previous experiences as chances to learn and grow; these are lessons that will help you later in life.
- Professionalism: Don’t ever let your personal life affect your work. Learn to control and override any negative feelings to avoid negative reactions from others around you and maintain a professional, leadership approach.
- Control: Know what you can and can’t control. Make sure you focus your time and energy on the things you can control and don’t sweat the stuff you can’t; they aren’t worth worrying about as they are out of your hands.
These may sound obvious, but it’s one thing saying them another thing to actually do them. So why not give some of them a try and see what impact they have on your professional and personal lives.
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