It’s hard to check your newsfeed, your social media, your everything without coming across things that are negative, things that can bring you down. It can seem like the politics all the way to business; the world is becoming overwhelmingly driven by fear. The great news is that you can make a change in your employees and yourself to become that active force, to become a leader that is optimistic and inspires people to be positive. It all starts with your vision first.
1. Have a positive vision
Having a positive vision and sharing it will help your employees to feel positive and ignore the bad that is going on. Take Steve Jobs, for example, he had an aggressive optimism, and it was fueled by the success of everything. He made impossible deadlines, but his employees made them because he was driving the positive vision bus. You can do that too.
2. Complaining can be acceptable
Complaining is going to be a natural part of life. It is something that can change everything regarding a positive impact in the workplace. The rule is simple, straightforward and powerful: you can not complain unless you can provide some potential solution to what you are complaining about. If you are complaining, you are not leading, and you need to make sure to show that to your employees.
3. Shift your perspective, change your approach
Finally, you have to remember, no matter what happens to you, your reaction is going to be the most important thing. Leadership is not just about you; it’s what you can do to inspire, encourage and empower others. Sometimes that means that you should focus on the small wins instead of the bigger ones.