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The Importance of Optimism

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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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The Importance of Transparency

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From my experience, transparency is a very important aspect of leadership that is constantly overlooked.  Transparency is defined as operating in a way that is easy for others to see what actions are performed.  This is especially important in leadership, as leaders are tasked with multitudes of responsibilities, and not all of which are things people necessarily know about.  For example, I’ve been part of organizations where leaders worked very hard, but were still considered as lazy by others in the organization since they didn’t really see what the leaders were doing.

To be a transparent leader means that others in the organization know exactly what you are doing for your job and that your actions are in the best interest of the collective organization.  While you may not share everything you do with others you work with, it’s good for them to at least know that you are working hard at what you do.  This means you are opening up a line of communication with those around you and making sure that they are kept in the loop.  Being transparent result in improved communication and increased trust amongst each other in the organization.

Being a transparent leader also helps to build your credibility as a leader in the eyes of others.  When you are being transparent, you give others in the organization the sense of “what you see is what you get.”  This is gratifying for your employees because they know that you are upfront and honest with them and that they can trust you to tell them what you can.  Again, being transparent is not about sharing every single detail about what you do, but sharing with others what they need to know.

 

Related Thoughts:

5 Powerful Things Happen When a Leader is Transparent

The Transparency Debate: How Much Should Leaders Share?

 

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The Importance of Leading by Example

A main part of a leader’s job is to be able to engage their personnel in order to better fulfill organizational goals and vision.  Instead of just talking the talk, leaders also need to show that they can also walk the walk.  Below are just some of the positive results from leading by example:

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You gain more respect and trust from your personnel.

When you lead by example, it shows others in your organization that you are also capable of walking the walk.  You establish yourself as a credible leader when others can see exactly what you are doing and understand why you are the leader of the organization.  You also build trust from your personnel when they see that you can do more than just give instructions.  Instead of leading by saying, try leading by doing.

 

Your people will become more engaged.

By setting the example for others to follow, you solidify your role as someone that others look up to.  This will increase your personnel’s engagement and commitment to the organization, as they can see how hard you are working in doing your part to achieve the organizational vision.  If you are working with someone you look up to, and you see how much commitment they are putting into their work, wouldn’t you try to do the same?

 

It creates overall organizational cohesiveness.

If you are someone in the organization that others look up to, they will show more commitment to the organization since you set the example.  This will eventually result in more team cohesiveness and a more concerted effort from everyone to achieve organizational goals.  When this happens, more people will get rid of the “me” mentality and adopt the “we” mentality, which creates a more productive environment.

 

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