When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

What is Positivity?

Positivity is the ability to experience pleasant emotions, when normality dictates that you should be experiencing the exact opposite. Being positive is characterized by aspiration, passion, energy and enthusiasm, even when the situation may be evoking the opposite emotions.

Positivity in Leadership

As a leader, your influence (positive or negative) will infiltrate your organization and affect everyone around you. If you choose to be positive, you will see an increase in team-morale and productivity. Gallup provides an excellent scenario, which you can find here.

How Do I Identify a Positive Person?

You can generally associate the following characteristics with a positive person:

  • Positive people are optimistic. They enjoy dealing with challenges productively, and are willing to make an effort and take chances. They aren’t naïve however – don’t think that they are denying the existence of adversity… They are simply embracing it.
  • Acceptance is a key characteristic for a positive person. It helps them maintain perspective, rather than exaggerating a situation. Basically, ‘don’t beat yourself up about it’.
  • Resilience allows them to rebound from adversity rather than resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Resilience is the ability to maintain daily routines while coping with major setbacks.
  • Positive people are grateful – they take time each day to contemplate the good in their lives, instead of dwelling on the negative.

Why do I need to be Positive?

Positivity attracts positivity. As a leader, it is vital for you to be positive as your positivity will reflect in your team. If someone, who is normally on time, is a few minutes late for a meeting – don’t make a scene of it, as you will run them down and break their positivity. They might spend the entire meeting brooding and feeling guilty instead of providing their input. Remember, positive people are productive people.

The next time you feel like complaining, think about how it will impact those around you. Be positive, be productive, and make lemonade!

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