Is your cup half empty or half full? Is your leadership running on empty?
Use these 5 signs to make sure you have a positive impact on the team.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you are usually right. – Henry Ford
5 Signs Your Leadership Is Running on Empty
When your leadership is running on empty you stop others from realising their full potential.
How you lead directly influences team performance.
Think about this.
- You have a clear vision, with clear goals for the team
- Each day you start work full of energy
- You are positive and upbeat about your job and the team’s work
- When something goes awry, you learn from the experience
- When the best laid plans fail, you bounce back
What were your answers? Yes … no … sometimes?
Let me be blunt. Anything short of 5 yeses and your leadership is running on empty!
If your cup is half empty, you are an energy-sapper. You’re saying it’s okay to do an average job. You’re saying commitment isn’t important.
You are setting a bad example!
Your team looks to you for inspiration and motivation.
Stick with me and I’ll show you what to do …
Leadership Starts With Self Mastery
Attitude and emotion plays a big role in self mastery and team performance. Show strong self mastery and you’ll soon do things you thought impossible. And so will your team!
1. Every day think of something positive and be grateful for what you have.
A positive outlook will set the tone for the rest of your day. For every negative there is a positive alternative … if you take the time to find it.
For example, when another team falls short on its commitments don’t point them out. No. Rather, take responsibility for putting things right and deal with the shortcomings later.
2. Resist the temptation to blame yourself and others when things don’t go to plan.
Blame undermines. Indeed blame prevents us from reaching our true potential: “It was a complete disaster! Now we’ve got to start over again.”
Rather than sabotaging progress think of something positive and encouraging: “We learned a lot from the experience. Now we know how to make progress with greater confidence.”
3. Build self mastery by managing and controlling your emotion.
Develop an awareness of your internal conversations and how your mood affects those around you.
See to it that you’re not running on empty.
Use these tips to check your emotions don’t negatively impact the team:
- stay focused on your vision,
- continually think about your behaviour,
- it is your behaviour not failures that undermine team performance,
- when your mood is down think about something positive: be grateful for what you have whether work-related or not,
- if things don’t go to plan manage the situation and focus your energy and the team on something positive, and
- never let disappointment drag the team down.
Thinking you won’t succeed will prevent you from achieving your goals. Believe in your own ability. Be positive and realise your full potential.
How do you stay positive? How do you energise the team?
Creative Commons images courtesy Martin Teschner.