I want to expand on the thought of attitude in regards to leadership. Bass (2008) wrote that changing attitudes of workers requires a higher level of leadership… (p. 40).
Attitude is Probably the Most Important Thing in our Life
When one has a proper attitude one connects with what is the difference between a happy person and an unhappy one. People with the right type of an attitude, regardless of life’s situation, continually walk in joy. Regardless of the hardship, this person seems to walk through adversity unscathed. I have also noticed those who did not have the proper attitude seemed to bring more trouble upon themselves. Misery loves company.
Warren Bennis speaking of millionaire dot-com owners wrote that they are working harder than ever, but they are sure why, and they have lost touch with what is really important in life (Bolman & Deal, 2001). Their attitude with life in general is amiss. Bolman says that they are missing souls and spirit and suffer from an aching debilitating impression that life is going nowhere.
Unfortunately, Very Few of us Know How to Change our Attitude
The truth of the aforementioned reminds me of a story...
A man is speaking into the telephone and you hear only his side of the conversation. "Yes, mother, I've had a hard day. Gladys has been most difficult--I know I ought to be more firm, but it is hard. Well, you know how she is. Yes, I remember you warned me. I remember you told me she was a vile creature who would make my life miserable, and you begged me not to marry her. You were perfectly right. You want to talk to her. All right." He looks up from the telephone and calls to his wife in the next room, "Gladys, your mother wants to talk to you.”
Very seldom when you read a book on attitudes or self-help do you find anyone teaching how to change your attitude. I do not think there is a person here that does not realize that we all need an attitude adjustment at different. So how do we adjust and change our attitude?
As a Leader, I Often Refer to Scripture to Maintain My Attitude
Paul wrote in Philippians 2, Verse 5, “Have this attitude in you, which is also in Christ Jesus.” The first thing Jesus did when He called in his twelve subordinates/disciples was to deal with their attitudes. He gave them the “Be-attitudes.” Jesus realized that the disciples must have the right attitude if they were to be effective in their ministry.
Goffee & Jones (2009) wrote that remaining positive is an important component of any innovation culture. The right attitude will help one regard adversity as an opportunity to improve, a challenge to be overcome. Organizations that encourage this attitude will prosper in the long run (p. 152).
Bass, B. & Bass, R. (2008). The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications,
Fourth Edition, Adobe digital edition, New York: Free Press
Bolman, L. & Deal, T. (2001). Leading with soul: an uncommon journey of spirit. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
(Goffee, R. & Jones, G. (2009) Clever: leading your smartest, most creative people. Boston: Harvard Business
Philippians(1984). Holy bible, new international version, International Bible Society, Zondervan Publishing House.