The giant animal in the jungle is the elephant, the tallest is the giraffe, the fastest animal is the leopard, the smartest is the hyena, but the lion is the king. What makes the lion win the crown among all others? It is the attitude. The lions’ stout body language, steady attitude and motion are highly forceful and significant than any other animal. All other animals, even giant elephants, keep the way for lions. It is the attitude that has made the lion become so much specially recognized. An adult lion with a deep chest, long mane, and red eyes look so mighty that people of all times accepted it to be the symbol of power and confidence. People look for the same confidence among their leaders. The attitude of leaders should be like a lion. A leader must maintain a clean image of courage, honesty, and a stable outlook so that everybody counts him with the highest priority, care, notice, and consider him the symbol of trust.
Leaders’ positive attitude is the most needed leadership tool to inspire and retain people with them. Sometimes, it is a single component to sustain a smooth leadership environment. According to John Maxwell, ‘Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.’ Leadership success lies with the leaders’ attitude to influence, motivate and inspire people following their vision and purpose. Leaders’ attitudes and behaviour often determine whether followers are motivated, encouraged, and inspired or merely follow because they have to comply. Good leaders help improve the morale of their men by their positive behaviour and inspiring attitude. These leaders help their men sustain confidence and positivity during their hard times. Great leaders purposefully display positivity in their behaviours and speeches to keep people in hope and order.
A leader may be informal sometimes but must remain within the formal appearance. His conduct, behaviour, dressing up, choice of words are to be carefully selected. Leaders’ emotional outbursts at some point of liking or disliking to be consciously controlled. He must control his emotions to safeguard a positive image and surpass his own limitations. Leaders should carefully avoid exposing themselves to their men when passing casual. Sometimes, few leaders get ill brands by their people as mad, angry, indifferent, and difficult only by own oblivious words and behaviour. Notice that, a simple casual attitude or words of a leader can lead to rumours that may lower the overall morale and effectiveness of the organization.
Good leaders care for retaining people in their organization and team. People do not leave jobs; they quit bosses. As such, bosses need to be transformed into leaders to attach people more with the organizations. Good leaders always help the team and surge productivity keeping people motivated through their positive attitude and superior conduct. Great leaders also help institutions by nurturing future leaders to grow. They guide and help juniors to raise for performing appropriate higher roles. They lead to accomplishment, higher creativity, and overall success for the organization.
Martin Luther King said, “Do not be afraid of the challenge but accept and turn it for your service. Your attitude determines your leadership success.” Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela, Arianna Huffington, Mother Teresa are examples of a few great individuals who impacted human society by their positive attitude and the highest degree of inspiring ability. Their way of works helps us to comprehend the importance of the correct attitude and actions to lead people. Storms of challenges come in many inevitable ways, but leaders possess the intrinsic superior attitude to overcome them and keep people united. Take the example of an eagle; while the storm approaches, the eagle makes a scarce attitude to conquer it. Instead of hiding, the eagle flies to the highest point and waits for the winds to come. When the storm rolls, the eagle sets its wings and uses the power of strong winds to carry it above the cloud.
To be a good leader, you need to learn and practice its propagation of confidence among your men through all kinds of verbal and non-verbal communication skills. As a leader, your confident appearance is essential as people constantly look for the certainty of their hope in you. Your attitude, speech and behaviour need to be instinctively superior to inspire your men. When the storm comes in life, use it against itself. Be the storm against the storm. The challenges are common to all in our lives, but the positive attitude to solve them makes the difference.