Leaders: Your attitude is a difference maker

I am convinced that those that we lead need our attitude way more than they need our education, knowledge, or ability.

Attitude is not a personality trait, it is a decision that we make every single day. Regardless of your position, you can affect the climate of your team with the attitude that you bring every single day.

So, what kind of attitude should we bring to the table each day. Glad you asked 🙂 Here are some of the traits of the attitude that your team needs from you:

1. Hope filled

Few things inspire people more than hope. Hope that things will get better. Hope that the future is brighter than the present.

This is why so many people are attracted to the Christian faith, because it brings a great deal of hope.

So think about your organization and those that you lead. Do you lead with hope or do you lead with doom and gloom?

2. Forward thinking

Have you ever been caravanning and the person in front of you has no idea where they are going. They turn around time and time again and seem to intentionally do it in like the most impossible place to turn around? It is frustrating and confusing. In fact, it makes me want to go my own route and figure things out on my own.

It works the exact same way in leadership of a business, church, or organization.

People want to follow someone who knows where they are going, not someone who is confused and spends most of their time pivoting, turning around, and questioning their direction.

So, how can you get better at this leaders?

Well for starters, spend a lot of time praying about direction and vision. Spend time on your strategy, mission, and values.

Your people do not need to look at you and question you are headed. If they do, they probably won’t be following you.

3. Can do

Have you ever followed those leaders that believe no mountain is too high for them? They can either be very frustrating or super intriguing.

There is a balance. Don’t be stupid and go after something you cannot achieve no matter what happens, but leaders, you have to be willing to take risks.

Risks inspire people (seriously).

I am a leader in a church so that is my world. When we look at other mega churches out there, I think one of the reasons that they are growing is that they are not afraid to take some risks in their church.

If your vision can be done with you only, it is not big enough.

You need some faith in your leadership.

4. Views circumstances as opportunities

It is refreshing to view people who view a difficult circumstance as a opportunity rather than an obstacle.

It is refreshing when we view people as opportunities rather than obstacles.

Life is all about opportunities, not obstacles. Sure there are bumps in the road, but the way that we approach and view those bumps don’t have to be obstacles, they can be viewed as opportunities.

5. Do whatever it takes

I get frustrated when I hear things like, “we have never done it that way before.” Or, “that seems like way too much work.” Look, I want to do whatever it takes, and if something hard comes along that will reap some incredible results, you better believe we should go after it.

I think people want to be challenged to do more. To be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Think about this: What is keeping you from fulfilling the dream that is in your heart? Maybe it is starting another campus. Maybe it is purchasing a piece of property. Maybe it is starting another service or hiring a staff member. Whatever it is, if God placed it within you, you need to go after it and do whatever it takes.

Some of the toughest decisions that we make can lead to the biggest results we could ever experience.

So, leaders, what kind of attitude do you bring to the table every single day?

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

2 thoughts on “Leaders: Your attitude is a difference maker

  1. Good points Josh, especially (for me) #5. Your overall scenario of Attitude is the key – it is the background to so much of what we do and how we interact. I think it’s the basis for connecting with people – whether hiring in business or general relationships. So, “do whatever it takes” is more likely with that underlying positive Attitude. Thanks for your reflection. Go well with your return to blogging. (I saw your note in LI and came here to see what you’re about) Blessings Cecil

    1. I think every organization needs to keep a “start up organization” mindset. If you remember the start up days, we worked hard, did everything, etc. somewhere along the way, people lose that mindset and feel entitled. That entitlement can hurt an organization.

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