“What day is it?”, asked Winnie the Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh”
— A.A. Milne
This quote on a A- frame street sign made me smile today. There is a huge amount of research that suggests that positive moods, affect or approach to the world has a multitude of benefits from better relationships to better health. Studies show that successful entrepreneurs are more likely to have a positive outlook – they kinda have to, in order to persuade investors and employees to go along for a risky ride.
In her blog, Rebecca Amy Todd recently posted What does your TweetCloud Say about You? She noted that most negative tweets are often about venting, which is counterproductive, and honestly doesn’t feel good. I started thinking about why I like a positive view of the world. Have you ever had a friend who is always in a bad mood? A major drama queen? The perennial Eyeore in your life? Have you ever noticed what a drag they are to be around? When you spend too much time with the Eyeores in your life, do you start to sound negative too? Believe it or not, psychologists have shown that emotions are contagious.
As leaders, the way we frame a situation can have a profound impact on those around us. They take their cues from our messaging about problems facing our organizations. If we frame things negatively, it can start to feel hopeless, the complete opposite of inspirational.
Modern leaders lead movements, according to Digital Tonto. Leadership is more than developing strategy, commanding and directing, it is also about inspiring and empowering others move the ideas forward. Which is pretty hard to do if you frame challenges from a negative perspective. So, if you find yourself emulating Eyeore, maybe you should be thinking about how to be more Winnie-the-Pooh. I’m sure someone else has already written the ten leadership lessons from Winnie the Pooh somewhere.