Attitude: It’s the Engine and the Energy

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”

~Patricia Neal

Attitude: It’s the Engine and the Energy

by Peter Wilkinson

Attitudes are generally classified as positive and negative.

With a positive attitude, a person will be motivated to move forward, to improve, to change, to engage, to finish, etc.

With a negative attitude, the opposite happens; there is resistance to moving forward, to improving, to changing, to engaging, to finishing, etc.

As clearly can be seen, the person with the positive attitude is the person we need in organizations.  If everyone in an organization had a positive attitude, think of all the positive energy that would be generated.  The leadership and management challenge is how to provide an environment that generates positive attitudes. One might ask why an individual would have a positive attitude.  Here are some contributors:

  • I feel valued.
  • I am respected.
  • I am encouraged to disagree.
  • I understand why we are doing things.
  • I have participated in laying out the plan.
  • I participate in, and buy into, the decisions that are made.

Incorporating these contributors in our leadership and management approach can yield great results (Wilkinson, 2008, p. 23-24).

Wilkinson, P.R. (2008). Aha: Insights for Effective Leadership and Management. Baltimore: Publish America.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call To Action

Take time to assess the attitude in your company. Is it positive or negative? Are there areas/departments that are more positive than others? Do some investigation this week to understand why and what you can do to spread the positive attitude. It’s worth it!