How’s The Attitude?

Here’s something I’ve learned in 25yrs of leadership ~ a leaders attitude determines a leaders influence. 

At 19 I had a pretty carefree attitude. I was only really a leader by title and position rather than a leader in lifestyle. That’s the journey I have travelled and will probably continue to travel until I go to heaven. 

Attitude is caught not taught. It’s not easy to teach others what the right attitude is for life’s multitude of circumstances. What works for one doesn’t always work for another.

5 things you could choose to do when it comes to improving your own attitude:

1. Learn by observing others. Find some leaders you admire or consider have a right attitude. Maybe you share some of the same values. Watch how they handle people, teams, make decisions, how they lead. 

2. Learn by getting it wrong. Not wilfully, that’s just daft. We all get things wrong from time to time. The difference is what you do with that. Don’t implode. Be a leader who can make adjustments along the way. Become better from the experience. 

3. Learn by surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Friends will encourage you to keep going when you may consider giving up. Don’t forget to return the favour when they need a friend. 

4. Learn by always thinking of others first. Leadership is about serving. It means you are not always right. I have learned that the attitude of ‘just do it because I’m the leader’ rarely wins people’s hearts. 

5. Learn that you’ll never stop learning. It’s been said many times by many people, leadership is a journey not a destination. As soon as you think you’ve got this attitude stuff sorted is the moment you are heading for a fall. 

If my attitude determines my leadership influence then it behooves me to continual be aware of what my attitude is really like. Otherwise people won’t be happy that I’m in a leadership role. 

I would love to know what you would add that can help people improve their attitude and become a better leader

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2 thoughts on “How’s The Attitude?

  1. Love this! Something I’m challenged on myself is about putting people first. People before positions, people before programmes etc. I guess that comes from valuing the relationship first and also valuing the welfare of the person before the task or role that needs to be fulfilled. Having this attitude is something I myself am striving for. I believe it promotes the opportunity for ‘buy-in’, it creates a sense of ‘we’re in this together’ and that in turn achieves more than just having rigid systems in place.

    Secondly, being willing to listen and. It just to the stuff you want to hear. Great quote from Andy Stanley I heard in a podcast a while back that really stuck was, ‘Leaders who refuse to listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing useful to say.’ Brilliant!

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