Every day you have a choice regarding how you will approach the day. The day will be what you perceive the day to be.
Surrounding yourself with positive-minded leaders will create an atmosphere that inspires you to approach the day’s challenges with a strength, an inspiration to be the best leader you can be.
Here are some ways to be a positive leader:
- Positive Leaders are Mindful of Mood – 20 to 30% of performance is determined by the mood of employees. Studies have found that when we experience positive emotions – like joy, interest, pride, awe, gratitude, for example – it helps to broaden our minds, so we’re thinking more creatively and collaboratively and build our resources, so we’re more resilient to deal with the ups and downs we all experience at work.
- Positive Leaders Cultivate Positive Relationships – Our relationships with other people are our best guarantee to lowering our levels of stress and improving our concentration and focus at work. This is because each time we genuinely connect with another person, the pleasure-inducing hormone oxytocin is released into the bloodstream, helping to reduce anxiety and improve our concentration and focus.
- Positive Leaders Make Ethical Decisions - People appreciate ethical leaders. Mandela, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King were ethical leaders who treated others in a respectful way and expected the same from their followers. Ethical organizational leaders tend to have a positive impact on their staff. Studies show that employees who consider their leaders to be ethical are more satisfied with their jobs and perform better. Ethical leadership enhances people’s sense that their work is meaningful and “good.” People are very sensitive to what is fair, just, and right. Not surprisingly, employees with ethical leaders are far less likely to engage in unethical behavior like discrimination, and this further adds to a positive work environment.
- Positive Leaders Find Ways to Provide Autonomy - Employees craft their own jobs resulting in positive improvements in engagement, performance, and wellbeing. “Job crafting allows people to change the boundaries of their tasks, of their interactions and relationships with others on the job, and how they think about their job in ways that give them a greater sense of meaning in their work.”
- How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact
- “How To Be A Positive Leader: Small Steps, Big Impact” from the Centre for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan.
- The power of High Quality Connections
- The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions
- Four tips by David Mayer
- 3 Ways Positive Leaders Make Work More Meaningful
- Simons, “Behavioral Integrity: The Perceived Alignment between Managers’ Words and Deeds as a Research Focus,” Organization Science 13 (2002)
- L.K. Treviño and M.E. Brown, “Managing to Be Ethical: Debunking Five Business Ethics Myths,” Academy of Management Executive 18 (2004)