A must- have for the emerging leader – positivity

Leadership is a long and never ending journey. A journey of learning, via successes and failures, imitation and study topped off by your own stamp of leadership style and DNA.

We are all familiar with the typical qualities required of the senior leader – vision, decisiveness, the ability to handle crises and integrity to name just a few.

But what about the emerging leader? The behaviours and attributes required of potential leaders are different. They include things such as:

  • Self confidence
  • Adapability
  • Reliability
  • Proactivity
  • Ambition

And the characteristic that underpins this list is positivity.

How to build excellent working relationships

I recently gave a training course on managing relationships at work and thought it would be nice to adapt the section on the actions we can take to build relationships for this blog post.

It seems so obvious that having good working relationships leads to higher productivity yet many people don’t make this direct link. Good relationships lead to more innovation and creativity at work as people feel confident enough to express themselves, time consuming, energy draining obstacles such as office politics and back stabbing are removed and of course, if you want to progress in your career, a good relationship with your boss is fundamental.

So what can we do to build better relationships at work? Here are some ideas.

Change your thoughts, change your life!

More than any time in the past the need for positive thinking is not only desirable but necessary.

In my training courses I nearly always include a small section about how we think about the skills we are learning and practicing; a consistently positive attitude towards giving a presentation for example makes a huge difference to your performance on the day, even if it’s just changing your belief from “I’m not very good at presentations” to “Every time I practice giving a presentation, I’m getting better and more confident”.

Two sources inspired me to write this post. The first was from a request by a multi- national company to deliver a course on positive thinking to combat the negative atmosphere induced by restructuring and layoffs. The second source of inspiration came from a friend who told me an interesting story. He related how for many years his principle view of life was one of negativity, believing that everything that happened to him was caused by external forces which inevitably drove him to complain incessantly.  As a consequence, people didn’t want to be around him and professional opportunities quickly dried up.Then one day someone asked him if he had read “The Secret”. After reading this book and completing changing his attitude to one of positivity and self responsibility, his life changed completely in only 15 days!

Positivity every time!

Today is the first day of 2012.

It’s a beautiful sunny morning here in Madrid, an appropriate environment to look forward with anticipation to another year.

Some will say it’s going to be a difficult year, a year in which the economic crisis will cut more deeply, a year in which many people will experience genuine hardship.

Others will say that it’s a year in which such circumstances will provide us with the opportunity to get creative, to reflect on where our strengths are, to change our life’s direction towards that which really inspires us, to learn to be grateful for what we actually have, to value those relationships that nuture us and encourage us to be the best we can be.

Something happened the other day to remind me…

After years of studying positive thinking and being aware that our thoughts create our reality through the  universal Law of Attraction, I’ve managed to discipline myself to think only positive thoughts. Consequently my life has been running very smoothly lately with no untoward situations popping up to disturb my harmony.

Inevitably though, we come across situations/people that challenge us and off we go in a downward spiral of negativity, thought after thought after thought.

Something happened this week in which the universe came knocking on my door to say  -you can’t escape the laws of cause and effect.