Positivity is catalytic for good leadership.

Positivity is catalytic for good leadership.

Today, let’s examine the timeless cliché – glass half-empty or half-full?

The glass of water is an effective discussion starter about the power of attitude on life and leadership. We are commonly taught half-empty is a ‘negative’ point of view, and half-full is ‘positive.’ All rhetoric aside – half a glass of water is always helpful when we are thirsty, no?

At Good Leadership Enterprises, we believe the path to greatness is paved by good leaders, who are radiating goodness today and every day. We teach goodness as excellence, generosity, fairness and positivity. 

A happy audience at the Good Leadership Breakfast explored the power of positivity in their leadership.

A happy audience at the Good Leadership Breakfast explored the power of positivity in their leadership.

From a coaching perspective, we often encounter leaders who quickly rise to power by problem hunting and fixing things. That’s glass half-empty. On one hand, it’s valuable to have effective problem-fixers at the ready.

On the other hand, when glass-half-empty leaders are given the opportunity to build and shape something, the deficit-based, problem-hunting style backfires. Because no one wants to give their heart and soul to leaders whose first thought is problem-hunting. That’s about negativity.

Justin Hanratty was the speaker last week at the Good Leadership Breakfast - he is a positive role model.

Justin Hanratty was the speaker last week at the Good Leadership Breakfast – he is a positive role model.

Excellence, generosity and fairness are critical to good leadership – but positivity is the catalyst. To fully understand the power of positivity is to accept into our hearts the most basic truth of followership: can my leader help me believe our best days are ahead of us? If you can’t, why would anyone follow you?

Positivity is not Pollyannaish or hyperbole, soft or naïve. Positivity is not “glass half-full or glass half-empty.” Positivity is a catalyst for “what’s possible?” thinking. Like an important chemical element in a pharmaceutical…the drug won’t work without the one catalytic ingredient. We think positivity is that ingredient.

Do you believe your best days are ahead or behind you?

Do you believe your best days are ahead of you or behind you?

As you joyfully slide into your summer, we hope you continue to live and work by the Seven Fs; faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future.  And as you contemplate your own future, take this powerful test of your positivity: do you really believe your best days are ahead of you?  I hope so.

Good leaders thrive because they resist the opportunity to get power through negativity. And they are driven by the notion that our best days are ahead of us.

Please share with us: why do you believe your best days are ahead of you?