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Improve Your Leadership by Showing Optimism April 5, 2010

Posted by dennissommer in Leadership.
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Is leadership and staff performance improvement a goal of yours this year? Leading with optimism is one proven leadership skill you should focus on to create highly productive employees.

Being a business owner, executive or manager in today’s business climate is not easy. You can’t do it yourself, so the best way to exceed your business goals is to have a team of highly productive employees working for you.

How can optimism help?

Highly productive team members have dreams of achievement. These dreams are fueled by the executives optimism. It is true that team members will flourish when they have hope and they will give up when they don’t. Highly productive team members thrive on accomplishment and recognition they get when working through difficult problems and persevering. This perseverance requires optimism.

The responsibility of a business executive in an optimistic environment is to be realistic and optimistic at the same time. Realism is important because it acknowledges the facts of the situation no matter how unpleasant they are. An optimistic environment dictates that given the facts of the situation, the team will continue to work toward their goals. When teams lose optimism, it is the responsibility of the executive to coach the team to get them back on track. Together the team acknowledges the situation and begins to generate ideas for solving the current problem.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Dennis Sommer
CEO, Executive Business Advisers

My specialty is helping companies improve their business growth, sales and marketing performance.

Business improvement specialties include: business startup  , business growth , sales , marketing , business coaching , strategic planning and customer retention

Call me today to schedule a free consultation:   800-627-6512

 

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1. Terry Paulson - April 5, 2010

Dennis-
Great prompt on the importance of CEO’s…in fact, any leader, keeping hope alive for their organization and those who work there. My new book, The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, covers what individuals and leaders can do to promote and drive optimism.

It’s important for CEO’s not to sell motivational hype. People see through that. They need to know how optimism is earned. Optimism is earned through a track record of overcoming obstacles. Tough times allow teams to reearn the optimism they need to move forward. Good CEOs tie the current challenge to the history of the organization. They share stories from the past where teams made a difference and set the stage for a rebound. Then they look for current examples of teams who are making a difference. You don’t push people; you catch them working.

One CEO who attended one of my programs told me later about how he used this concept to make a difference. Every time he went into a department, he’d talk to supervisors and get an example of how the team is making a difference and then he’d start his comments to the group by sharing the positive gossip. He was able to recognize the team and increase the impact of the supervisor.

Your readers may want to take advantage of a recent post on my website where I included 20 top tips on what people can do to claim their own optimism advantage (http://optimismadvantage.com/?p=159). Thanks for bringing up the issue.

2. Jaimie Skultety - April 6, 2010

Thank you for this wonderful post. As a Virtual Assistant, the successful entrepreneurs I work with understand that having a “partner” in productivity provides them the ability to keep moving forward in growing their business. I have seen that optimism mixed with a good dose of enthusiasm can actually “spark” fresh ideas, renewed creativity and intelligent strategies for implementation. And when you have a team in place which is not only supportive, but enthusiastic and optimistic as well, you have a sure-fire recipe for success.


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