Not in the Leadership Mood? Here’s what to do.

“Focus on remedies, not faults.” ~ Jack Nicklaus

Not in the Leadership Mood? Here’s what to do.

By Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch

While everyone loves leadership concepts and practices, it’s fair to say that there are days when you wake up and you’re not “feeling it.” You know those days … those days when it’s going to be pretty tricky to influence outcomes and inspire others because your attitude, frankly, stinks.

If there’s one thing we know about humans it’s that we are inconsistent.  However, don’t let one bad day damage the leadership reputation you are working so hard to develop.  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Don’t deny it – call it what it is. Be accountable to how you feel and why you feel that way.  A bad attitude is a pink flag that is getting redder by the minute.  Really try to figure out what the heck is going on and how you can solve it.
  • Minimize your impact on others. Don’t walk around the office with your head down, telling everyone that “it’s just one of those days.”  On the flip side, don’t feel that you can counteract your mood by insincerely spraying sunshine and false enthusiasm everywhere.
  • Focus on what you can control. When you are down and low, it is easy to hurl blame on external circumstances and people.  Blame doesn’t solve problems.  Your accountability solves problems.  When you figure out what you can control, you put yourself in the position of ownership … a few steps closer to attitude adjustment.
  • Hit the reset button. Go home and before you go to bed identify a few things that you can do differently the next day to do better and be better.  Action is always a great anecdote for a poor attitude.

This article was provided courtesy of Lead Star – a premiere leadership development firm. You can learn more about leadership by visiting their website at www.leadstar.us

Coaching Call To Action

Firstly, may you not need this Tip.  Secondly, for insurance purposes, you may want to prepare for a day when your leadership mood is slipping.  What will your actions be on the day you’re not feeling like the leader you are?