This past week’s challenge was probably a bit annoying at times. Being positive can be exhausting. You’ve heard it said that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. That’s like positivity. Being positive initially requires more effort, but the long term effects of being negative are crippling to your leadership.
As was mentioned a couple weeks ago, when you become a leader you revoke the right to be negative and critical of others. It doesn’t mean you lose your power to correct and help others grow, but you lose your freedom to criticize. Believe it or not, the ties you cut with criticism and negativity will be the single most important ties you cut in your legacy of leadership. These ties, however, can only be cut by using the opposing forces to negativity and criticism: positivity and appropriate suggestions.
Hopefully you have already seen the effects of positivity. If you haven’t, it might be important to do some introspection to see what positivity means to you. Are you vocally positive but giving off negative body language? What does your positive voice sound like? Is it passive aggressive? These are things to intentionally consider as you strive to become a better leader in the work place, not for the sake of this post, but for the sake of your long-term success as a leader.
Until next week!