Are You the Leader/Superhero You've Been Waiting For?
by Dana Bristol-Smith

In tough times we can become complacent. We can sit around wishing and hoping for things to change, so we can feel better and become optimistic once again. Hopelessness and dismay can creep in and actually paralyze us. We may become afraid to take action, to implement new ideas, and take risks.

As a leader (or superhero), it is up to you to demonstrate through all of your communications and actions confidence and optimism. Why? Because people need to be convinced that things aren't as bad as they seem right now.

The "ain't it awful" folks have been working overtime. They've convinced a lot of people that things are terrible. I've always liked Marcus Buckingham's definition of a leader: "Someone who can paint a picture of the future that is better than where we are today."

Perception is reality and what people perceive to be true becomes true.

I suggest that we all take on the challenge to become the leader we've been waiting for--someone that inspires and motivates others to see what is possible, beyond the problems of today.

Here are five things that you start doing right now to be a leader who helps others stay positive.

  1. Watch your language. Don't join into the "misery loves company" crowd. Even thought it's tempting to talk about how bad things are--choose instead to find something positive to talk about, or just walk away from the "ain't it awful" discussions.
  2. Acknowledge and thank others for their contributions. Recognizing someone for their efforts is easy, doesn't cost a dime, and the rewards are great.
  3. Take good care of yourself. Find something that you can do daily to take care of yourself (quiet time, exercise, being outdoors).
  4. Make a difference for someone else. Reach out and help someone who is having a tough time (shop for a neighbor, help a coworker with a project, volunteer for a non-profit).
  5. Take action instead of worrying. Worrying that something might happen takes up a lot of time and energy. When you find yourself worrying. Ask yourself: Is there something that I can do right now to address this situation? If yes, do it. If not, let it go for now.
When we take our attention off of what is not working and put it on helping someone else, working together, or just looking for something to be grateful for, we change our energy and the impact we have on others.

I challenge you to become the leader/superhero you've been waiting for. We need your super talents now more than ever.

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About the Author

Dana Bristol-Smith is the founder of Speak for Success, an organization that works with companies that want their people to communicate with confidence and credibility. You can email Dana