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Is a Positive Attitude Really THAT Important to A Team?

September 10th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The other day, I was browsing through a catalog and I ran across a sign that said, “the beatings will continue until morale improves”.  A little  bit of tongue in cheek humor.  Or is it?  It got me thinking about the two different management styles; positive versus negative.

Many managers make the mistake of passing on their frustrations, problems and disappointments to those who work for them.  They may be naive, or terribly misinformed, if they believe that people will work harder when they have had a good butt chewing.  They may also believe that if they, the manager, gets chewed out by the higher ups, they should be able to pass that frustration down to the people on their team.  It’s only fair, right?  This ideology is far from the truth.

There is nothing more demoralizing to a team than to catch their leader’s bad attitude.  Face it.  When a leader shows hurt, frustration, and disappointment, that attitude will pass down to their team like a cancer, rotting away all goals and  possible productivity.

People will not follow, long term, a negatively charged individual.  A negative leader will always drain the team’s battery.    The leader will be plagued by people problems.  Before long, the moral will be in the dumpster, and the team will avoid the leader.  The team will know they don’t feel good when they are around the leader.  It is never possible for a negative leader to have a positive team.

A positive leadership trait is to always pass nothing but positive things down to their team.  A leader can never, ever, show hurt.  They must always strive to stay positive.  I have heard the excuse, “but, I don’t feel positive all the time”.  Here’s a newsflash…no one does.  We all have our down days.  When suffering from a down day, it is best to either change how you are feeling, or get away from the team. The team wants, and needs, to hear how excited their leader is about the business and how great they feel about the future.  People need to feel excited and motivated and the leader sets the pace.

If a person finds themselves leading from the negative side, consciously becoming aware of what is being said around the team is the first step.  After realizing what is said, the next step is to change the attitude.  To change our attitude we must first change our state.  I am including a Tony Robbins 7 minute speech about changing your state. It goes hand in hand with today’s topic.  Enjoy!

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  1. September 28th, 2010 at 00:55 | #1

    yeah my dad will like this

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