The Importance of Positive Thinking in Leadership

Leadership Communication

Attitude affects Behaviour which influences Culture - the ABC of positive thinking.


Attitude affects how you see the task at hand, your role and the bigger picture. It's about how you deal with the little irritations of everyday life as well as life's big events - the glass half full or the glass half empty conundrum.


Your attitude affects how you respond to situations and has a direct effect on your behaviour - and your performance. When faced with a challenge, do you retreat and give up or do you come back fighting? Positive thinking means that you have a 'can do' approach - that you take action and expect positive outcomes - and you keep going even when times are tough! And your behaviour in turn affects the attitude and behaviour of the people around you.


Culture is formed from the collective attitudes and behaviours of the people in the company and it starts with the leaders of the organisation. Negative actions lead to more negativity, resentment and low morale. Conversely, positivity breeds positive thinking, engagement and performance.

Attitude and Communication

Thinking positively is a lot harder to do than to say! Here are a few typical scenarios:

"What I have to say isn't interesting."

People who have to talk about numbers often think that their message will be perceived as boring.

Action: Find the story behind the numbers. Any subject can be interesting if you get behind your message and believe that what you have to say IS interesting and important.

"I have no chance of succeeding - I will fail."

Action: Any athlete will tell you that with this mindset he or she has lost the race before it begins. Even when the odds seem to be stacked against you, believe in a successful outcome. This will alter your communication and behaviour - and increase your chances of success.

"I get nervous when I speak..."

Action: Your state of mind impacts on your body, and in turn your physical state reinforces how you are feeling. Understanding the effects of stress and adrenaline, and how to manage them, will enable you to speak under pressure and control nerves.

"I feel self-conscious when I speak in front of an audience."

Action: Discipline is key for steering your mind in the right direction. If self doubt and insecurity occupy your thoughts, replace them with other positive thoughts; trick your mind by thinking about other things such as voice and messaging techniques. They will help you to focus on your audience - not yourself.


Positive people focus their mental energy on exploring solutions, taking effective action, and learning how to address issues which hold them back. A distinguishing characteristic of successful people is their ability to maintain a positive attitude. 


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