Executive Leadership: the Power of Positivity
The only thing we have complete control over in life is our ATTITUDE. The power of positive thinking cannot be overstated. As Charles Swindoll said, “I am convinced life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” For those who know me, I have always maintained a “Glass Half-Full” approach to business.
At Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching (ILEC), we talk a lot about the assessment and transformation of corporate culture, which has intrinsic value in supporting the organization’s primary operating imperatives. But to what degree does the power of positivity come into play in such an undertaking? As it turns out, positivity among our executive leaders appears to have a profound effect on employee levels of morale, enthusiasm, and attitude – all of which contribute to maintaining a productive environment.
If you’re in an executive leadership position, here’s what positivity means – and the effect it can have on others as you strive to maintain a vibrant, inclusive, and open company culture.
It Starts at the Top
An organization’s culture represents the collective character, values, thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behaviors – as modeled by its leaders. Across the diverse trade industry landscape, corporate cultures are continually recognized and celebrated for achieving harmony and organizational success. We see it often in the form of “Best Places to Work” and “Best Boss” rankings. The individuals and organizations who’ve earned a spot on these prestigious lists have spent years – even decades – building their reputations and cultures to become worthy of honors such as these. This doesn’t happen by chance, and certainly didn’t happen overnight.
Earning recognition as one of the best places to work has a lot to do with positivity – because positivity is contagious. Leaders who set the example from the top will likely see a similar attitude permeate the workforce. Companies that display this type of energy not only retain the best talent, but also attract like-minded souls.
Productivity is at Stake
Executive leaders who exhibit the power of positivity in their organizations tend to have workforces eager to go above and beyond what’s necessary to get the job done. Positive people have the innate ability to motivate others, but those who rule by fear and suspicion rarely inspire greatness. At stake is the very productivity of workforces everywhere.
Studies show that Generation Z (Gen Z) and Millennials represent the age of activism. They are inspired by the opportunity to make a difference. This motivation is rooted in a positive outlook driven to affect significant change. The enthusiastic executive will touch the hearts, minds and souls of these talented individuals. Collaboration knows no limit when fueled by a passion of purpose.
Leaders who exhibit an authentic level of positivity can naturally build coalitions, essential to achieving team success. Positive people naturally attract others – customers included – who tend not to need extra convincing to buy into their vision and plan for success. It’s optimism that supports those willing to go the extra mile, making it easy for an organization to follow this momentum as a group, ready to tackle problems together and find solutions.
Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching (ILEC) is the world’s No. 1 executive coaching platform dedicated to growing tomorrow’s leaders through organizational transformation. In assessing and transforming company cultures, ILEC works with organizations of all sizes – from Fortune 1000 organizations to small to mid-sized global entrepreneurial companies. Our master certified ILEC coaches utilize a proven blueprint and philosophy designed to build strong, vibrant organizations. If your company is ready to review your efforts to date, let’s discuss your organization’s mission, vision, and purpose.