Have you ever worked with someone who had a bad attitude? I know you’re not “that” person. I’m referring to the person everyone runs away from because of their attitude. You know, when you see that person, you turn the other way…

Of course, we all have worked with someone like that. Now, I’m not talking about the occasional complainer but the person who consumes all the oxygen in the room when they walk in.

Unfortunately, I have not only worked with individuals with a bad attitude, but I have also been that person. So, yes, there were periods in my life when I was a person with a bad attitude.

Attitude, attitude, attitude! If I’ve heard it once growing up, I have heard it a million times as a child. So, over the years, I worked on improving my attitude.

Why? Because according to Winston Churchill, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Our attitude will determine our altitude. Growing up, I noticed that when I had a positive attitude, the attitudes of the people around me improved.

When I assumed my first leadership position, I used the lessons I learned as a child about the benefits of a positive attitude. But unfortunately, one of my team members was very negative. He complained about everything and everyone. 

During our weekly team meeting, he would constantly make negative comments. Finally, after several meetings, I realized I needed to address the issue. So, I scheduled an appointment to discuss the individual’s behavior.

At the meeting, I explained how the individual’s attitude adversely impacted the team. I asked several coaching questions to problem solve with the individual. However, as I listened to him justify his behavior, I realized he would not change.

So, I changed my approach to being more direct. I informed my team member if their behavior did not improve, they would be terminated. At that point, I noticed a shift in the individual.

Apparently, this was not the first time they had been reprimanded. Now, I would like to tell you everything worked out for the best. But unfortunately, the individual’s behavior improved for only a short time. Eventually, we had to terminate the individual.

One of my favorite quotes is from Charles Swindoll, who said, “life is 10% what happens and 90% how we respond.” Therefore, our attitude will determine how we respond. As a leader, your attitude will impact your success.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

-Lou Holtz

Everyone looks to the leader to lead. People are always watching how we react to situations. So, maintain a positive attitude while doing what you need to do.

How are you leading with your attitude?



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Hi, I'm Kim, Your Leadership Guide. I equip aspiring leaders to lead with confidence, emerging leaders to expand their influence, and accomplished leaders to achieve significance!