As a leader you’ll be faced with helping others turn a poor attitude into a winning attitude. How do you do that? You know what’s its like to be around a whiner. The blamers are a treat, right? I’ve heard it said, “There is no money in blaming!”
One of the tasks a leader is faced with is helping an organization turn it’s attitude into a winning one. I’ve tried many things to be the leader that can do that. I read a lot about leadership and realized one shoe does not fit all. Each organization has it’s unique characteristics and environments that need to be assessed.
I found that focusing on the fundamentals was the key in approaching the attitude of an entire organization. Then I had to work with individual leaders inside the organization and reinforce the organization’s goals and their own personal goals inside the big framework.
These are the five that I’ve found to work in most situations.
Five Keys to Leading a Winning Attitude Organization
Enthusiasm is contagious! It’s as if your enthusiastic energy goes straight out of your body into the entire organization. I don’t even know why it works but it does. Some might call it the law of attraction or some other name. All I know is the attitude and speed of the leader is the attitude and speed of the team.
Be Clear on the Vision and Mission of the Organization
In my last post, How to stay HIGHLY motivated using The Treasure Map Approach™, I discuss the importance of having a great big why to create individual motivation. It works with groups and organizations too.
Every time you get an opportunity to share and reinforce the organization’s Big Why, do it! People need to be able to attach their belief to something that matters.
Be a Product of What the Organization Stands For
When your organization sees you they see the mission of the organization. When you become a product of your organization, i.e., you highly believe in it’s mission and you become that, your organization will be inspired knowing that what the organization stands for is working.
In my case, my company’s tag line is, “Solutions to Transform Lives” and it’s vision is “To impact world health and free people from physical and financial pain, and in the process create the largest health and wellness company in the world.” I live by those standards. The solutions they offered me totally transformed my life and my health is off the charts and earning a multiple six-figure income has ended my financial pain. I share my story with my organization often for this reason.
Be a Servant Leader
This perhaps may be the single most important element of leadership. I know it was for me. When I shifted my thinking toward serving my associates is when my income doubled because they were having faster success. I’ve spent a lot of one-on-one time with those that deserve it. I included my leaders in decisions and praise and recognize success. I also lend a helping hand and encouragement to those who are struggling.
Being a servant leader is not easy. At least it wasn’t for me. It took a conscious effort to make others a part of each solution. It takes a great deal of focus on individuals to. The way I think about it is the organization is only good as it’s individuals.
Do What You Say You’re Going to Do When You Say You’re Going to Do It
This is really about integrity. It’s about asking others to do the same thing you’d do and in many cases doing it with them. This attribute builds trust too, one kept promise at a time. Your organization needs a trustworthy leader because they are pouring their effort into building their future and need a stable force to believe in.
A Final Word
Have you had any experiences where these five attributes worked well? What are some other attributes that have worked for you? Would love to hear from you.