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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Great Leaders Manage Energy, Not Just Production

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Celebrate what you want to see more of. -- Thomas J. Peters

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -- John Quincy Adams

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. -- Kenneth Blanchard


Attitudes and emotions are as contagious as germs, and one of your primary functions is to manage their transmission. The people who work for you pick up on your moods and often reflect that in their performance. Have you ever had the experience of a boss or manager briskly walking into the office, no greeting to others except for maybe a grunt, and then head straight for his office, slamming the door behind him? What does that do to the mood of others in the workplace? What message does that send?

The people who work for you and report to you take their cues from you. Your emotions and how you choose to project them influence everyone on your team. Studies show that when business leaders are in a good mood, those who work with them have more positive experiences and report more satisfaction with their jobs. More satisfaction equates to more productivity and increased performance.

So, smile, say "Good morning," notice when members of your team are excelling, and comment favorably. Catch them doing something right and let them know you value their input. Your attitude sets the tone for the day. Think about it.

© New York Executive Coaching 2008

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Growth is change.
Change can be uncomfortable.
Grow anyway.
Deborah Avery
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