The Best Is Yet To Come
“I don’t think you lead by pessimism and cynicism.
I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.”
— Patricia Ireland
“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push.
A smile. A world of optimism and hope.
A “you can do it” when things are tough.”
— Richard M DeVos
Perhaps you’ve had a boss or supervisor who was always finding what you were doing incorrectly and pointing it out to you. Feels crappy, doesn’t it? There is no way you could do everything wrong, and you would respond favorably to being told the things you did well, right? I think we all respond to that approach.
Think of a leader who is pessimistic about the future, who thinks and talks about what is wrong and never mentions what is right and good. The world is going to the dogs. . . the government is taking over. . . the sky is falling. . . Who wants to be around that leader? Who wants to follow that leader? Yet, many of us might talk that way ourselves.
The American Presidents who really stand out were ones who saw something great and good about our country and where we are headed. They built confidence through ideal and positive examination. There were others, for sure and they are not remembered in the same way. Their names are pretty much forgotten.
So it is with all leaders. You lift people up by focusing on what is good and grand and right and finding more of that in people and things. It is optimism that is the most important aspect of leadership in my mind. What about you?
We Are All Leaders In One Way Or Another. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Make it a point to give out at least 5 compliments to people today. Make it a point to see what is good and right today. Make a list. Seek joy. It is there to be found and requires nothing but choosing it.