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  • Writer's pictureMeghan Kirkland

Optimism- The Missing Ingredient in your Culture

"๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฒ?"

I can't tell you the number of times I've both asked and heard this question!

According to recent research by the AESC, the answer could be more impactful than we realise!

Their latest research, "Optimism as a Competitive Advantage," explains why having an optimistic outlook is not just a nice-to-have but a strategic edge in today's uncertain world.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ?

Optimistic leaders have the ability to:

๐Ÿ”ถ inspire others.ย 

๐Ÿ”ท are inclusive and see the value in all

๐Ÿ”ถ encourage innovation

๐Ÿ”ท see opportunities where others see challenges.

๐’๐จ, ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ?

These tips have helped me:

๐Ÿ“Œย ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ; help team members understand what drives them, motivates them, and how they can live that within the organisation.

๐Ÿ“Œย ๐๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž โ€œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆโ€- most times it's not enough to purely hope and cross your fingers that everything turns out okay, it still takes hard work, determination, and my personal favourite- a good plan! Similarly, just because there are obstacles or challenges, it does not mean that everything will not turn out alright.

๐Ÿ“Œ Try to be ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ that you tell yourself and be aware of the patterns/or where negativity tends to creep in. Give yourself credit when things go right, and similarly celebrate even the small wins in your team.

Check out the full report here- packed full of other insights around talent, culture and leadership.

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