Growing Positive Leaders

Growing Positive Leaders

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

~ John Maxwell

The old saying goes, team leaders’ attitudes are caught more than they are taught. It is very true. Picking your next team leader will make a difference not only in your production and growth, but also in the culture of the team and organization. Pick wisely.

Unfortunately, thinking negatively is second nature to a lot of people. New team leaders face many challenges on the front lines today. New team leaders need time and coaching to get better. Left alone, they can face such negativity that they become discouraged, unmotivated and even negative. As one leader told me once, “They started so well, then they went to the dark side.”

Great leaders find ways to encourage their direct reports, especially those that lead others too. They find a way to connect and support them often. They know that they will never come to them and say they need more support. Pay attention, feed them encouragement, tactical advice and provide them resources to be successful. Remember, when they are successful, so are you. Feed them wisely.

King Solomon said it another way years ago in Proverbs, “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.” Pay attention, understand, watch, listen, use all your leadership tools. If the organization needs to grow, leaders need to grow more positive leaders, not negative followers.

As leaders, our attitude has got to be one worth catching. Our direct reports will in time emulate our leadership style, and we want that to be a good thing. Growing the attitude of a leader is vital to your success. Grow it wisely.

“You can't always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.”

~ Tony Dungy, coach, author

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