Leadership can be hard. It WILL be harder if you whine about it.

Colin Powell

I am an avid proponent of optimism in the workplace, and in life, as a matter of fact. Colin Powell said it best: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” A force multiplier is an element added to a situation that increases the effectiveness by a measure greater than the element itself.

Dale Carnegie wrote my personal favorite personal/professional book: “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” In it, he talks about a dog, the animal that is always happy to see you, who has a perpetual smile, who wags his tail and makes the world a happier place. Though taking lessons from a pet might seem like an oversimplification, try it out sometime and measure the results in the number of positive interactions you have in your office.

When you greet someone with a smile, they will probably smile back. Smiles are infectious, so are frowns. What legacy do you want to leave in your workplace?

photo by: Tom Raftery

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