#atozchallenge: all about attitude

I have neglected my blog over the past couple of months, so to get back into the swing of things, I am taking part in the a to z challenge.  Each day (Mondays through Saturdays) in April, my blog posts will correspond with a letter of the alphabet, beginning with A on April 1st and ending with Z on April 30th.

I’ve chosen to keep my posts miscellaneous in nature, to allow for all sorts of inspiration.  I may also crowd source to see what you, my readers, would like to read about.

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
– John C. Maxwell

I like this quote.  As someone who truly wears how they feel (I tell people if they want to know how I feel about something to simply look at me – my face will tell them everything they need to know), it reminds me that while what I say is important, how I say it is even more critical.

In leadership, we often hear about choosing the right attitude and how our attitude impacts everything around us.   I’m sure we can all recall times when our attitude impacted our work, for better or for worse.  We have just completed our hiring process for our student leadership team for next year.   Years ago, when I was hiring my first team, a colleague told me that she “hired for attitude, and trained for skill.”  This has stuck with me and has become one of my philosophies of hiring.  If a candidate demonstrates a good attitude and excitement about the role, they stand out to me.  So do candidates who think they have the job in the bag, but fail to demonstrate a positive attitude.   It’s possible to provide training to make up for any gaps in skills, but it is near impossible to change someone’s attitude.

People who have a positive attitude, or outlook, are easier to work with and for.  Attitude is what bridges our differences and increases our willingness to collaborate.  Attitude can determine our professional opportunities and ability to advance.  You know yourself that you would rather support, lift and bring someone with a positive attitude with you.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with [read more about this here]. How do they impact your attitude and outlook?

How does your attitude impact your work and those around you? Share in the comments or tweet about it! You can connect with me on Twitter.

For more information about the a to z challenge, click here.

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12 Comments

  1. Welcome to the challenge! I love the quotes. There are also times when positive attitude can be taken too far. If an employer expects everyone to present with a bright, cheery attitude 24/7, it can actually cause problems (employees putting unrealistic expectations on themselves/others, stress, burnout). Encouraging positivity is great, squelching individuality and self-expression is not! (Personal experience 😉
    Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

  2. Thanks for reading, Kaye. You’re right – if perma-positivity is the expectation, that would be exhausting. We all have good days and bad days, and sometimes no matter how hard we try, a situation – or person – just gets the better of us. When I wrote that those with positive attitudes are easier to work with and for, I was comparing them to people who are consistently negative and draining.

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

  3. Great post. I’ve thought a lot about attitude and feel fortunate that I was born with a positive attitude. Sometimes we have to know what affects the attitude of those around us. I just have to feed my husband every three hours and he also is real positive – although probably more realiztic than I am.

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