Positive Leadership for Optimistic Leaders - The Problem-Seeking Mindset

Optimistic Leaders

Do you regularly feel fully appreciated at work? Do you have the chance to do what you do best each and every day? Do you know what is expected of you at work? Does your manager know you and focus you? Fully engaged people at work can answer these questions with a resounding yes!

Most of us start a job motivated to perform our best, but sometimes working for a poor manager can deflate your career mojo or worse. Positive leaders provide clarity to help people unleash their innovative spirit, improve performance and fully engage.

Optimistic leaders inspire people to a better future. They have a strong sense of significance. Who do you serve?

Positive Leadership

A critically important factor in positive leadership behaviors is giving frequent praise and recognition. In 90% of workplaces, this doesn't happen enough, nor is praise delivered in a way that can be heard or received for maximum effect.

It's not enough to wait for annual performance reviews or project completion to deliver feedback. Praise must be frequent, ongoing and specific to current behaviors - not vague or general.

Why is it so difficult to provide frequent, positive feedback? Because, in truth, we're predisposed to look for the negative: in ourselves, in others and for external events. We rarely scan our environment and ask:

• "What's working right now... and how can we do more of it?"

• Instead, we look around and ask: "What's broken - and how can we fix it?"

The problem-seeking mindset is one of the brain's shortcomings, while also serving as a protective device to spare us from danger and making mistakes. Psychologists have studied our predilection for the negative, with astonishing results.

Are you working in a professional services firm or other organization where executive coaches are hired to provide emotional intelligence skills and positive leadership development for organizational leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching to help leaders improve their ability to fully appreciate people in the moment? Leaders at all levels need to improve their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is "Do I have a proactive problem-solving mindset?" Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching for positive leaders who help their employees to be fully engaged and happy at work.

What actions can you take today to be a more positive leader? What activities unleash your people's strengths? Companies need more great managers and leaders.


Maynard is a consulting psychologist and personal, career and executive coach. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting, training and transformational coaching firm that develops people and organizations. We specialize in helping companies assess, select, coach, and retain top talent; leadership development; 360-degree feedback; emotional intelligence; competency modeling; succession management; career development and executive coaching. Maynard is an instructor with The...

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