Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Are You A Pessimistic Leader?

Optimism has a great power on one's mindset and abilities as a leader. For optimum business growth, a leader who empowers his team with uplifting thoughts and words is highly valued.

Thinking positively will affect the work ethic of one's peers and direct reports and ultimately create an energy or foundation where great relationships and results abound.

An optimistic leader will see the upside to most situations, and will work to solve problems instead of letting problems be a source of decreasing self-esteem. And yet, pessimistic leaders can be quite prevalent in the work place.

Pessimists generally view everything negatively and expect to fail at everything they do. The expectation of failure will inevitably deliver failure. Most pessimists expect bad things to happen, and find their expectations validated when these bad things do happen.

There are several ways to spot pessimism in a leader. The easiest way is to analyze their perspective on things:

If a leader of a specific group outlines a project with the expectation of failure, instead of empowering his peers with the thoughts of success, then the leader is most likely a pessimist.

If things do not go as planned and the leader does not use it as an opportunity to learn, but instead behaves as if the failure was to be expected, then you most likely have a pessimist.

Working with a pessimist will most likely decrease overall moral. To get over this, it is best to follow the pessimists leadership, but NOT the pessimists overall attitude or perspective toward life.

Insights into the leadership style as it relates to communication is a key bridge to empowering effective change and transformation, particularly with the Pessimistic Leader! This is where awareness + adaptation can take your leaders over the pessimistic fence and into the arena of meaningful change, enhanced loyalty and greater productivity!

Click here to see if your leaders are unintentionally sending out the wrong message!