Optimism #5: Optimistic vs. Pessimistic Management

16 Jul

For those of you are not tired of hearing about optimism, consider that optimism is largely an attitude. An attitude is a combination of thought and feeling.

Becoming a manager/leader is ultimately an exercise in self-development, a life-long journey of making yourself a better person. The benefits to you are self-evident. What is perhaps more important are the benefits to your peers and direct reports.

There is a compelling body of evidence that emotion is contagious.

If you believe as I do, that emotion is the energy that propels human behavior then you understand that the direction of that propulsion is to some extent controlled by the value of the emotion (positive or negative).

Over the years, I have noticed some managers seem able to make any managerial technique work effectively, whereas others cannot make even the most rudimentary managerial tool work.  Emotional contagion is the first creditable explanation of this phenomenon I have seen.

“And this before all, to thy own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou cans’t not then be false to any man.”  – W. Shakespeare

Food for thought

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