Picture the scenario. A typical day in the office, perhaps you’re struggling with a particular project, you’ve got untold deadlines to meet, you’re dealing with a tricky client. Stress is mounting and you wish you were somewhere else. Then your boss walks in smiling, greets you warmly and asks about how things are going and how they can help.
Great leaders not only have a way of energising their people, they are blessed with empathy and an intuitive sense of knowing when you’re a bit down. They have a knack of picking up on things and making you feel better. Their positivity rubs off on you and everyone around you, the mood is lifted, you’re more engaged and productivity rises.
“When organizations institute positive, virtuous practices they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness — including financial performance, customer satisfaction, and productivity,” says Kim Cameron of the University of Michigan.
As we mentioned in our article about students [add link], positivity teaches us about dealing with setbacks. Leaders who themselves have faced challenges during their careers are better able to coach their teams and offer advice that’s based on their real-life experience. External factors might impact a company’s or an individual’s performance – the seasoned leader will impart that wisdom to his team with some choice, positive words.
A leader’s propensity to be positivity will spread to every member of the team, staff will go to work feeling much happier and more satisfied. A culture of praise and recognition makes everyone feel better and we all get along more. It generates a real team ethos, everyone wants to go that extra mile for the greater good of the team and the talent of every individual is fulfilled.
What can we all do to make a positive impact on our teams? It doesn’t cost us anything to take an interest in other members of our team both from a work and personal perspective. You might want to arrange some time learning more about what they do. Suggesting a team bonding exercise or social event is always well received. All it takes is a little effort and a genuine desire to create a positive ambiance.
As author Tom Rath says, “Instead of being concerned with what they can get out of their employees, positive leaders search for opportunities to invest in everyone who works for them. They view each interaction with another person as an opportunity to increase his or her positive emotions.”
Let’s all do the same and end on a truly positive note.