“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives” –William James
Take a moment and think of the leaders you know. Do they have bad days? Would you know it was a bad day if they did not tell you?
Most leaders understand that thought patterns, directly correspond to how you relate to others. I can guarantee you that leaders have trouble. In fact, leaders typically deal with more challenges than the general public. So, how do they smile and continue through them, while others panic and hide? How do they lead while every little annoyance in the world is nipping at their pants leg?
They believe in themselves. They understand the power of a team. They know inner thought effects outer change.
One of the most powerful tools someone can have is the ability to believe in oneself. As I type this, a caution runs across my mind, because some people believe in themselves when they should not. Be wise, listen to those around you, if someone is telling you that you need improvement in an area, listen. A wise leader believes in their personal strengths because they have proven to themselves and others that they can accomplish what is in front of them. As they continue to accomplish things, their confidence grows. They listen carefully to critiques and look for opportunity to improve. They seek out opportunities and opinions on how they can improve. It is a quiet confidence that leads to knowledge that they can face whatever comes their way.
Great leaders understand the power of a team. Every challenge that you face will not be in your wheelhouse. You may or may not have the tools you need to deal with it. This is where a team comes in. Great leaders have a team that they trust. They know that they can depend on them and if something challenges them that they may not be able to handle; their team will rise up behind them and give them the extra strength needed. They know that with their team, they will receive the wisdom, help and strength they need to conquer the task.
Great leaders know that inner thoughts effect outer change. If a person always thinks negatively, they will live their life disappointed and disillusioned. Leaders think about how things can improve and then they work to make it happen. They think though the best way to approach a task or someone. They think about the consequences of saying certain things. They know that once the inner thought leaves, it is on a mission and whether good or bad it will play itself out. Leaders seek to make sure that all that exits their mouths creates positive change.
So, do leaders have bad days? You better believe it! But believing in yourself, your team and your inner thoughts helps leaders to continue to lead even through the challenging moments.
Where are you leading today?