It’s hard to be optimistic all the time but being an optimistic leader within your organization has many benefits. It can increase productivity, create/build healthy relationships amongst co-workers and can inspire your team to do more than they ever thought was possible.
The question becomes, what does someone have to do to become a truly optimistic leader?
Focus on the Positives
If you want to become an optimistic leader, you need to focus on the positives and celebrate achievements made by your employees, no matter how small they may seem. If you are always pushing positives and celebrating successes, then your employees will follow the same path.
When your employees see how positive you are as an employer, they are more likely to achieve results that keep the positivity flowing. It may also help to reward your employees for certain achievements. Once employees know that good results will be rewarded with compensation (compensation doesn’t always mean a bonus, it could be an extra day off, take your employee out for lunch, etc.), they will constantly try to do well.
If you’re negative with your employees, it’s likely that the negativity will spread throughout your organization. Focus on the positives in everything and watch your team’s productivity increase.
Just because you’re an optimistic leader, doesn’t mean you can’t be critical with your employees when something needs to improve. It’s still important to give honest feedback to your team – but it’s how you do it. Make sure to point out prior work that was done well, and then give tips on how to improve. If you give employees feedback, it shows that you are optimistic that they will use the information to improve and grow.
A good rule to remember is to acknowledge twice as many achievements as you do mistakes.
Move on From Mistakes
This ties in with focusing on the positives. An optimistic leader focuses on the positives and moves on from mistakes. People need to make mistakes to learn and grow, so if an employee makes a mistake, move on quickly, but acknowledge that a lesson was learned.
It’s important to remember that if your employees are scared to make mistakes, they will be more hesitant to make decisions, resulting in missed opportunities for your organization. Show your employees that the focus isn’t on the mistake itself, it’s on how to move on from the mistake. A good tip is to explain some instances when you made a mistake along the way – then explain how you moved on from it.
Motivate Your Employees
At all times, you should be pushing your employees to achieve their maximum potential – motivating them along the path to success. Try to inspire them with your positive attitude using the above discussed techniques, it will go a long way for your organization.
If you want a positive hard-working team, you must lead by example!