By motivating each employee to perform at his or her maximum level of efficiency, leaders also maximize their own success. Furthermore, as leaders motivate their people, they not only help the company gain financially, but also develop personal relationships between themselves and their employees.
Good news and bad news: unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your happiness, your “happiness set-point,” is determined by personality traits that are largely hereditary. Half of how happy you feel is basically outside your control.
But, that means 50 percent of your level of happiness is totally within your control: relationships, health, career, etc. So even if you’re genetically disposed to be somewhat gloomy, you can still do things to make yourself a lot happier.
In today’s busy work environment, most people wear many hats, leaving us short on time to get everything done. Being kind may not take much time, but it does take thought. And the results may surprise you, pleasantly.
Being in charge isn’t easy. Running an organization takes expert knowledge of an industry, an understanding of logistics that’s based in reality and leadership qualities that forge many different personalities and expertise into a single force greater than the sum of its parts.
Those that are good at it can make life for their underlings inspiring and rewarding. Those that suck at it irk everyone and ultimately diminish the chances the organization will thrive.
The biggest misconception you can make in business - or life - is that the people around you are somehow limited in ways that make it impossible for them to rise past a certain level. If you perceive this to be true, the limitation lies in you, not them.
When I focused on the solution vs. the problem, not only did the person I was speaking with agree and express appreciation, they actually verbalized what they had done that caused the problem. Then they apologized, and committed to acting differently going forward.
As the workplace changes, the economy continues to struggle and employees remain paralyzed by the fear of uncertainty, leaders are trying hard to make a positive impact in people’s lives. People are challenged to remain motivated. They are looking for inspiration that speaks to their needs. Employees want to believe again in their leaders but are continually faced with the greed and distrust that surrounds them. The need for real solutions and strong leadership is at an all-time high.
If a leader is held hostage by their emotions, it really limits their potential. You can tell when you’re playing life defensively as opposed to playing offensively. Playing to win is a special attitude. This does not mean competition. It means that you take the right risks at the right time. You focus the mind’s eye on possibilities and opportunities, not regrets or fears.