Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment?

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“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You won’t get anywhere until you change it.” -author unknown

Creating a positive attitude is one of the most powerful tools in your professional toolbox. Throughout my decades-long career in the business world, I’ve learned that no matter what situation exists when things go sour, you are in the driver’s seat to shift your perspective.

We each have the ability to choose how we react.

Our emotions fall under our own jurisdiction.

People with a consistently positive attitude are seen as approachable and can build more effective workplace relationships. A positive attitude also serves you well when you face challenges or setbacks – it breeds resilience.

Adaptability is another word often used by Human Resource professionals. It’s considered a core competency and will guide your success or failure as a good leader.

If you want your team members to produce results, stay engaged and find value in coming to work every day, it starts with creating an inviting work environment.

Leaders have to accept many unknowns come with the position.

Quite often there is no playbook to guide you, so you must be ready for anything. Being ready means being willing to adapt to whatever is thrown at you gracefully.

Being able to keep a positive attitude during times of upheaval is hard.  But remember, ‘hard’ comes with leadership. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would be leading.

Practice and patience are my two words of advice to shift from a negative to positive mindset. We all at times have less than ideal attitudes or emotions, but developing the skill to consciously choose a better attitude will benefit you and everyone around you.

The best leaders are the ones who understand we all fall down at some point. But what really matters is how we pick ourselves up and learn from our mistakes. Exhibiting a negative attitude is destructive and demoralizing, and as a result impedes your leadership abilities.

It’s important to get comfortable with uncertainty. We need to be flexible in adapting to new challenges and nimble in adjusting to sudden change.