Monthly Archives: December 2012

Be Ambitious

ambition

When you became the leader of your organization, chances are that you were chosen for the position because you had a vision that everyone believed in and you knew how to achieve that vision.  The quality that people saw in you that they liked was your ambition.  Ambition is defined as “an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction… and the willingness to strive for its attainment.”  Although sometimes ambition gets a bad rap because some people have the wrong type of ambition (the want of wealth, power, or fame), it’s definitely an important trait that leaders should have.

It’s important to be ambitious as a leader because when you are a leader, it’s your job to be able to identify what needs to be changed in order to meet organizational goals and be able to lead people in the right direction.  One of the hardest aspects of leadership is the ability to enact big changes in the organization, especially when these changes have been met with high levels of resistance.  This is a trait that all successful leaders must have, as they don’t just have the idea in mind, but they also have the drive and willpower to turn those ideas into reality.

If you’re an aspiring leader, you should ask yourself: Do I want to make an impact in my organization?  Am I willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to take my organization to the next level?  If you are willing to do those things, then you just might have what it takes to become a great leader.  It’s just a matter of how ambitious you are.

 

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The Importance of Optimism

optimism

Believe it or not, everything you do, no matter how little, could affect others in one way or another.  If you are a current or aspiring leader, this is especially important for you to realize, as your actions and your demeanor will play a large role in dictating the way others act.  This is why it’s especially important that regardless of the situation, leaders must stay positive.  While leaders may face tough times in their positions, it will always pay to be optimistic.  Below are what I believe to be the three most important tips for leading with optimism:

Believe in your team and organization’s capabilities.

One of the best ways to bring the best out of people is to realize and believe in their potential.  When other people know that you believe in them, they are inclined to perform at a higher level because you are helping them realize what they are capable of.

Frame and communicate your thoughts in a positive manner.

Depending on how we think, we can either use our thoughts to build ourselves up or tear ourselves down.  Instead of focusing so much on the negatives of an issue, leaders should think about the potential opportunities that the issue created.  By communicating your positively-framed thoughts, you create a positive environment for others as well.

Celebrate short-term wins.

While you and others in your organization are working toward a certain goal, make sure to celebrate the small victories along the way.  While you should definitely keep your eyes on the prize, it’s okay to pause for a moment and look at the short-wins, as short-term wins show you that you are progressing and heading in the right direction.

Related Thoughts:

5 Reasons Why Optimists Make Better Leaders

Optimism: Leaders MUST Have It and It Can Be Learned

Optimism: The Power of Optimistic Thinking

 

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