Can you guess what the most successful and happy people think about all day long? The answer is quite simple. Healthy, happy people think about what they want, and how to get it, most of the time. Developing a positive attitude can truly change your entire life.When you think and talk about what you want and how to get it, you feel happier and in greater control of your life. When you think about something that makes you happy, your brain actually releases endorphins, which give you a generalized feeling of well-being. As a result, you develop a positive attitude.
My question for you today is a simple one: “How positive is your attitude?” Show me a teacher or any administrator with a bad attitude and I’ll show you a poor leader. While this sounds simple enough at face value, I have consistently found one of the most often overlooked leadership attributes is having a consistently positive attitude. As an educator how can you expect to inspire, motivate, support and to lead with a lousy attitude? The simple answer is that you can’t – it just won’t work.
I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to observe a teacher deliver her lesson and while I expected nothing less than an outstanding presentation, what I ended-up witnessing was a true masterclass in the contagious, inspirational power that comes from positive attitude. What made this lesson so powerful was it was more than just a fun activity about a concept, it was completely authentic and the audience knew it. The teacher’s positivity set the tone for the entire lesson and produced incredible results. Let me be clear – don’t underestimate the power of a positive attitude. Don’t underestimate the power of smiling!
Clearly the topic of “attitude” has been addressed by many, but this doesn’t mean that it is not worthy of topical consideration. Leaders are not perfect, and as a teacher, trust me when I tell you you’re going to have your fair share of bad days. The difference between you and everyone else on the planet is you don’t have the luxury of displaying a bad attitude. Attitudes are formed, and a bad attitude is nothing more than an ingrained habit. The good news is that habits can be broken.