Why the Best Leaders Accentuate the Positive
Have you ever worked with a grumpy person?
I’ve learned there is a very real human tendency to focus on the negative. Negativity can quickly become pervasive and contagious. It can also stifle performance. Your team needs optimism during tough times.
A recent study by the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina reports that when people experience positive emotions, the following happens:
- Their minds stretch to opportunities.
- They become open to new ways of thinking.
- They become more creative and innovative.
- They experience health benefits of lower stress and increased energy.
- They develop better coping mechanisms.
- They have more engaging relationships.
Last week, I had the opportunity to recognize a banquet staff person at an event I was speaking at. I simply went over to this gentleman and sincerely thanked him for his good work. His eyes sparkled and he said, “Sir, thank you for these words– you just made my day!”.
Take a moment to accentuate the positive today!
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About the Author
Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.
A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.