Are You A Forward-Thinking Leader? Take This Simple Test.

Being optimistic doesn’t mean failing to face up to tough times, uncertainty, and shifting challenges. Indeed, the more you and I understand our current reality, the more prepared we can be to act in ways that allow us to endure and even prosper in adversity.

Psychologist Martin Seligman has found a dramatic difference between people who react to roadblocks with a sense of futility, and those who react with a steady determination to master their destiny. The one quality that sets them apart: optimism– that is the one simple test if you are a forward-thinking leader.
In order to reach the top of a distant goal of inspiring results, you need to be optimistic, zestful, and energetic.

The truth is that focusing on the future sets leaders apart.
• Create a preferred picture of the future that includes new virtual strategies.
• Be enthused about new markets and ways to reach your customers.
• Remember, optimism is contagious and your team will feed off of your energy for the future.

In my Executive Coaching and trusted advisor programs, I like to remind our leaders: “nothing can be done by a pessimist”.

You must remain optimistic and hopeful about what is yet to come.

Write this on a 3×5 card:
positive difference can only be made by a positive leader.

Here’s to your optimism!


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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.