May 7, 2008
Leadership Principal – Stay Positive
Change your attitude. Decide to be positive. It works. This is important not only as a leader but as a person. Negativity is toxic. It spreads like a cold from one person to another and eventually everyone in the office is infected. I only recently learned this but now I see it everywhere. The office I now sit is full of unhappy, negative people. Sometimes, I have to take a walk to get some air and just shake off all of the bad feelings. I mentioned to a friend I wanted to try to pull the negative string to see where in the organization it originates. This is a cultural problem within the organization.
I tell people how I forced myself to change my attitude when I changed companies last year. The change of environment gave me a clean slate, a new start. I decided to be positive. My situation is changing just from me deciding to be positive and proactive, no longer waiting to be “discovered” for my brilliance and expertise. I set out to show everyone that I should not be overlooked and can be of great value. The key, I found, was to maintain a positive attitude.
Positive people attract positive people to make good things happen.
Have you made the decision to be positive? If not, Why so negative?