Some people think that optimism means nothing bad will ever happen and your life is one great opportunity after another. If you have been in leadership long enough, things do happen and real setbacks can be expected. Optimism is really a state of mind that gives you the courage to work through situations. This mindset demonstrates daily courage to make the best of difficult situations.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford
Every great leader that I have worked for had one thing in common. They all had the ability to see something better while dealing with tough issues. They didn’t let these challenges distract them from raising the bar higher. They believed change was possible and convinced others that it could be done. Remember, 80% of what we worry about never happens.
Optimistic leaders look at a situation differently from others.
1. You can spot a path in tough times when others are still complaining about the conditions.
2. Your confidence and vision actually motivates people. (Even if it involves change).
3. You don’t worry about what you can’t control. Instead you focus on the things that you can change.
4. The evidence is clear, the more effort that goes into a commitment, the greater your ability to influence the attitudes of the people who can help you make the goal.
5. Your positive attitude reflects real ownership to lead and to collaborate with others to reach success.
6. Finally, your positive attitude allows you to work across the ranks in building partnerships. Great leaders engage talent at all levels and are careful to give credit for their contributions.
“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda
How many on the list do you have? Does a positive attitude make you a better leader?