An undeniable component of an effective team is strong and positive leadership. The notion of positive psychology has gotten more traction over the last decade or so. This particular area focuses on human prospering and is centered on helping people become happier. This theory can be applied across many areas of life, including management and leadership. In my experience, its tenets can be extremely powerful in affecting and sustaining positive behavior within an organization. Here’s how to provide your staff with an enthusiastic, passionate, hard-working environment by functioning as a positive leader.
Be respectful. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Lecturing, coercing and being punitive do not work. Quality managers can admit mistakes, role model appropriate professional behavior and make connections in a respectful manner.
Communicate. Regular communication is a critical element of leadership. It ensures that everyone on the team is fully aware of communal goals, as well as encouraging individuals to reach their highest potential.
Display enthusiasm. Positive attitude and energy are attractive. The best leaders know this and it is the major reason they lead successfully. Have fun! If a team feels no enthusiasm or motivation, results may reflect that.
Problem solve. When there are issues, positive leaders roll up their sleeves and dive into problem-solving mode. They inspire others to do the same, leveraging expertise and a positive focus to solve the problem and move on.
Place others before yourself. Positive leaders place the good of the team above themselves. They are not only leaders, but also servants – placing the value they provide above all else. They realize it is more important to create a feeling of togetherness instead of a “me vs. them” environment.
Be appreciative. Show your employees that you care by acknowledging and showing gratitude from each individual’s efforts. Don’t be afraid to compliment someone for a job well done. This goes a long way toward productivity, attitude and loyalty.
Every person has the potential to be a positive force in the workplace. Positive leaders consistently match their values and beliefs to build something that improves their world. Through assessment, self-reflection and coaching, you can learn to improve and create an organization that attracts great employees and managers.
What are your thoughts? Do you have other items to add? Please feel free to ask questions or share your experiences below.
- The Power of Positive Tinkering – http://www.workforce.com/articles/9352-the-power-of-positive-tinkering
- The Business Benefits of Positive Leadership – http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/27496/Business-Benefits-Positive-Leadership.aspx
- The Impact of Positive Leadership – http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/11458/Impact-Positive-Leadership.aspx
Jeremy joined Empathia (then NEAS) in 2007 as Manager, Client Care Services, then became an Account Manager/Sales Consultant in 2012. He is also a certified wellness and tobacco cessation coach. Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Organizational Management. Prior to joining Empathia, he spent 14 years in the EAP industry in a variety of roles with another behavioral healthcare organization. Jeremy enjoys reading, photography, music, and spending time with his wife and daughters.