How to be a positive leader

This week I have had two different management teams talking to me about what “their boss” hasn’t done.  They shared all the problems that their leader hasn’t yet responded to, or dealt with.  I have talked to their leaders about dealing with these problems.   More importantly, I coach them about the underlying need for them, as leaders, to create a positive environment in which employees recognise their role in overcoming problems.  To make a start, there are 3 questions leaders can use to focus everyone on solutions rather than challenges.  Why should they do this?  Looking for opportunities and always having a positive mindset sets the tone for people to take responsibility, find solutions and succeed.

1.  What would good look like? What would be a good outcome?  What could/needs to be done?  Or something similar.  Rather than focusing on the issue, people look at what a good result might be.  It stops the “I have a problem – its your job to solve it”.

2.  What could you do to move towards this good outcome?  Highlights their potential role in finding and implementing a solution or at least generates some co-ownership of the challenge.

3.  What do you need from me to get this good outcome?  Demonstrates the leaders’ commitment to finding a solution.

If leaders take this approach, they are sending a clear signal that the business focuses on opportunities rather than problems.  Very quickly everyone starts to think about solutions before presenting problems.   They also start to realise that there is a shared responsibility in managing the business and the value in take a more proactive partnership-type role within it.

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Lighter Reflections

PICT0044During half-term I asked James if he could fly Guy and I down to Brighton to have lunch.  Unfortunately the weather conspired against us and there wasn’t a single day when we could do this.  So, we decided to go for a local flight instead.  Guy told me that he needed to sit in the front seat as he might want to learn how to fly some time in the future.   I wedged in behind them.  Most young lads would be fascinated by flying in this way and I looked at the back of Guy’s head thinking fondly of the fun he must be having.  That is until I saw his head roll back and to the side and realised that he had fallen asleep!

YingYang_Logo2  Regards, Rosemary

About RosemaryCC

Leadership Coach and Management Consultant helping you to clarify your goals and achieve success in your career or business. Also founder of Highflyingdivas and the Leadership Forum
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