When something goes wrong at work – a client complaint, an employee relations issue, a new business deal falls through – how do you react? Similarly, how do you react when something goes well – do you celebrate or simply move on to the next task at hand without acknowledging the success? Have you ever thought about how your energy in that moment impacts your team and their motivation?
As a leader, the energy you project can determine the success of your team. The more positive you are, the better the outcome. Positive energy doesn’t mean jumping up and down like a cheerleader every time something goes right. It’s more about having an optimistic, “all hands on deck”, “let’s do this together” approach to your team. Most importantly, your positive energy must be genuine and intentional – don’t be fooled, your team can easily sniff out a fake! Bad stuff is going to happen – that’s part of life. However, how you deal with it – and how your team witnesses how you deal with it – will dictate the final outcome.
If one of your New Years’ resolutions is to become a better, more effective leader, channeling your positive energy into your position, your team, and your company is a great way to start. Here are few ideas to get your started:
• Write down your vision. What type of leader do you want to be? What do you want your team to accomplish this year?
• Get your team involved. Share your vision with your team. Get their input. Value what they say – after all, your people are your most valuable asset.
• Find ways to continually fuel your positive energy. For example, you may benefit from a quiet morning where you can visualize success for the day ahead. Whatever gets you energized, do it.
• Be prepared for negativity. It will happen – whether it is a negative co-worker, a disgruntled client, or the printer down the hall that always jams. Don’t let these things ruin your day. Stay positive and always focused on your vision and moving forward.
Projecting positive energy to your team and those you work with will lead you to success as well as give you a reputation as someone people want to work with (that’s always a good thing!). As we start our journey into 2016, focus on your vision as leader and go after it. Here’s to your best year yet!
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