Be a Positive Leader!
Perhaps you have heard the brief and very old story of the two salesmen who faced the same situation, but with a very different perspective.
Years ago the two were sent by a shoe manufacturer in Britain to Africa to assess and report back on the potential market. The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody is wearing shoes!” The second salesman reported back, “There is huge potential here – nobody is wearing shoes!”
It is my opinion that great leaders see the “huge potential.” If they don’t, how can they possibly inspire and uplift others? One of the most important characteristics of a great leader, is a positive one. Positive leaders bring great energy to an organization. There are huge benefits to being a positive leader. Here are five.
1. Positive leaders live longer. There is a lot of research that comes to the conclusion that positive people in general live happier and longer lives.
2. Positive leaders inspire and motivate people. Have you ever had a leader truly believe in you? There is great power in knowing someone believes in you. It inspires you to meet that persons expectations.
3. Positive leaders make better and quicker decisions. Negative people place road blocks to effective decision-making; positive people on the other hand are more balanced. I love this quote:
“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it’s too late.” ~Rita Coolidge
4. Positive leaders don’t fear. Fear prevents leaders from doing things they should do. Whether it is a difficult conversation with an employee or a difficult conversation with a boss; if fear is involved that leader will not be as successful. Fear is a result of negative thinking.
5. Positive leaders are more likely to succeed. Positive people draw positive to things to them. Aren’t you more drawn towards positive people rather than negative?
Do you agree? What other benefits come to positive leaders?
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