The good thing about an attitude is that it is your choice how you wish to look at life. It is within your control at any moment in your life.
Viktor Frankl, who was a man imprisoned by the Germans during the Second World War, remarked that, “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance.”
During the Second World War, the German did many things to try to break this Viktor Frankl, but they soon found that while they could destroy his physical state, but they could never destroy his resolve or attitude.
Now that’s amazing, isn’t it?
No matter how much has been taken from you, one thing that cannot be taken from you is your attitude.
Life can throw you many circumstances, but how you react to it is still your choice.
What Is Attitude in Leadership
The dictionary defines attitude as a manner, disposition, feeling, position with regard to a person or thing; a tendency or orientation of the mind.
Simply put, it’s the posture that you choose to look at life in general.
A saying goes,” Attitude is the way you mentally look at the world around you. It is how you view your environment and your future. It is the focus you develop toward life itself.”
• Is life a bed of roses?
All these questions pertain to our attitude in leadership and to life.
Besides our attitude to life, we have our attitudes toward other things in life. What is your attitude toward:
And so on…
Your attitude in all these areas matter because they will alter your behaviour and feelings toward these things in life. And this attitude in leadership matters a lot because leadership is influence.
When you view life as a time to get everything you can out of it before you perish, guess what? Your followers who interact with you on a daily basis will come to believe the same thing.
And you’ll be grooming a group of selfish, ambitious, pleasure-seeking individuals in your team unconsciously. And it’s all because of your attitude.
This is how powerful your attitudes really are. The success of your organization is really very much dependent on your attitude in leadership.
But the good news is, it’s a choice that you make.
Today, you can choose to be a person with a great attitude towards life in general. And with that attitude alone, you can do so much.
William James, a philosopher of the early 20th century, said, “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.”
As a leader, you’ll be facing a lot of challenges in your organization; be it a strain in working relationships, an external challenge that is testing the survivability of your organization and what not.
And as what William James said, it is your attitude that will make all the difference in whether you’re successful in tackling the challenge.
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