I’ve been working on finalizing my final book of the year. The topic is leadership. Not too long ago, I published a motivational book. You can click here and receive the digital download free on my website.

7 Grip & Rip Principles

What I realized is that the 7 Grip & Rip Principles for Life, can be adapted to leadership. Here’s what I’m talking about:

  1. Change Your Attitude
  2. Take Ownership
  3. Erase “I Can’t” and the Excuses
  4. Get Off the Couch
  5. Commit
  6. Do the Work
  7. Accept the Consequences

44314240_mAnyone can learn to be a leader. It’s a myth that you’re either born a leader or you’re not. In this article, I want to discuss one point that is at the basis of successful leadership. If you’re looking to be a successful leader: Change. Your. Attitude.

What’s Your Frame of Mind?

In my experience, everything begins and ends with your attitude. I get the opportunity to walk into a lot of offices. Have you ever walked into an organization’s offices, where you’ve never been, and felt the tension thick in the air? Have you ever walked into offices and felt the energy from a productive, collaborative and fun place?

But, here’s the deal. There’s urgency to life. We have a lot of things we need to get done, especially those of us who are involved in the social sector. Sometimes, what happens is that many people get mired in the day-to-day operation of the organization, politics and, yes, drama. That’s when you find the offices being cold and full of tension.

Make no mistake about it. It’s begins at the top. As the executive or top team leader, you help set the tone in a big way.

How are you dealing with everything that comes up on a daily basis? Are you continually frustrated? Are you spending your time barking orders at people? Are you looking for someone to blame besides looking in the mirror?

Or, are you as centered as you can be? Do you try to maintain a consistent positive frame of mind? Do you keep top of mind who the work is for–be it’s the people served, the environment?

Keeping the Right Attitude

How you feel inside, is what your team is going to receive outside of you? In other words, your frame of mind, attitude and how you feel inside is going to be known to everyone around you–always. As leaders, we always want to motivate and inspire our teams to produce at a high level. That’s important to the work we do.

So, how can you keep a positive attitude when there’s so much pressure so you and your team can stay motivated? Here are some tips:

  • Remember, you choose how you react to everything. Your feelings and reactions are your choice. No matter what happens, check yourself. Keep an open mind. Ask for explanations, if you have to. Don’t react. Think first.
  • Compliment a job well done. Ask your team how their weekend went? Being positive and staying positive is helped when you’re having positive conversations.
  • Take ownership. You’re not a victim of the vendor, your staff member or anyone else. When you take responsibility for your actions, words, thoughts and emotions, it actually helps you feel better.
  • When negative thoughts and frustration begin to creep into your mind, hit the “pause” button. The better skilled you become at controlling your mind from negativity, the better your attitude will be.
  • Stay away from the negative. Do you know the expression, “Garbage in, garbage out?” It essentially means if you absorb junk and negativity, that’s what you’re be putting out. Actively manage toxicity and negativity in your office.

In my office my team knows, it’s a toxic free zone. We don’t want the drama. We don’t want negativity. We want a collaborative team that works well together. It doesn’t deny that sometimes we have differences, but we are all moving in the same direction. Together, we’ve created an environment where negativity is not acceptable. It doesn’t happen with me, and my team members follow through in our company culture.


Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Be Bold, Dominate and Succeed in Marketing For Today’s Digital World On A Limited Budget”.

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