Why Optimists Make Better Leaders (and How to Become One)
Optimism is one of the essential traits of inspiring leaders. And no matter how difficult the situation may be, they always stick to a positive mindset and never use economic excuses to ‘stay in place’ – they see opportunities in every difficulty.
It often happens that when negative experiences occur we tend to think that they will continue in future. But optimistic leaders can see the big picture, and they know that in the end, all will be well.
- If something doesn’t work, don’t get stuck and do something else.
- See the possibility of a better future and take actions right now to create it.
- Don’t just think “I can” – do it!
- Optimistic project management: Identify what talents and resources you have and bring your best to get the job done.
- Optimistic problem solving: Identify if there is anything that is blocking your success. And find out what can you do about it today.
Becoming an optimistic leader
As the famous saying goes, “all things are possible to those who believe.” In fact, one of the key traits of great leaders is the ability to help people achieve things they don’t think are possible. Coach, inspire, share your vision and create an environment where people can achieve their boldest dreams.
#2. Foresee obstacles
Combine your positive attitude and realistic optimism. Be honest with yourself and be ready for challenges that may occur on your way.
#3. Take action
A positive mindset is a great thing but it’s important to add a real action to it. Plan, act, learn from your successful experiences and mistakes, and if necessary, try again.
#4. Value positive outcomes
When you are leading a team or a project, you may face positive as well as negative outcomes of your work. Don’t stress out, learn from them instead as they are a great source of information about what’s working and what’s not.