[April 23, 2018] There are very few folks who would think otherwise to the sage advice that it’s important to have a good attitude. A problem arises, however, whenever we try to define “good attitude” and why it is so important for leaders to have it.
“Commitment, belief and positive attitude are all important if you’re going to be a success, whether you’re in sports, in business, or, in my case, anthropology.” – Donald Johanson, American paleoanthropologist
We’ve all run across a person who makes us smile, is approachable, and somehow “connects” with us emotionally. That type of person is one who has mastered a personality that evokes joy and meaning in others. Such a person is not rare but their attitude can be beneficially infectious.
A good attitude (also known as a positive attitude) is an optimistic-based emotion that others witness and can gain from. Its outward appearance is one that attracts people to the one with a good attitude and helps others feel better about themselves and what they have accomplished. Thus, while a good attitude is about an individual, the effect is on others. The benefits for a leader are, of course, enormous.
While a good attitude has a positive physical, psychological, and related benefits for the individual, to us here at the www.theleadermaker.com blog the focus is on the impact of an attitude on others. Leaders with a positive attitude are more successful at work and home; they have the ability to influence others easily and are seen as being credible and capable persons to lead.
I’ve written about the importance of a starting with a good attitude before (see links here and here). It bears repeating that those with this attitude are more likely to show moral courage in difficult situations and to use better judgment in dealing with problems.
This effect has the prime benefit of providing help in getting people to do things they would not ordinarily do and to do them because they want to. This, of course, is the classic definition of leadership.