Attitude Reflects Leadership

By Olivia Barker

Some days are easier than others in our field. We work hard from 8am-5pm and then we add on the long nights, weekends and every now and then our work even makes its way into our dreams. It is understandable that sometimes you are just tired and may not have the energy to be your best self, but always remember attitude reflects leadership. Saying good morning when you arrive at work can set the tone for the entire day. Taking a moment to stop and chat with a colleague can determine your future interactions. Being genuinely invested in your students and colleagues can completely affect your overall experience in your position. Your attitude makes all of the difference.

Once you have your good attitude locked and loaded, you’ll be ready to share it with the world. The tough part is, not everyone will be ready for your positive offerings and that’s okay! Personal life, tough days at work, not enough sleep, it gets to all of us, but don’t let someone else’s bad day define your attitude. I am guilty of letting the bad attitudes of others affect my normally positive attitude, which hurts me and the team. If you’re guilty of this too, try to find something that helps boost your mood and revive that positive attitude. For me, sometimes it’s taking a deep breath and reading the positive reminders I keep posted around my office, other times it’s looking at funny pictures of cats. Whatever it is, find something that works for you so you can be your best self.

My good friend Thomas Jefferson once said “nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.” When you are working with your students, your colleagues or even you supervisors remember to put your best attitude forward and you will be one step closer to achieving your goals.

We get to choose our attitude…choose yours wisely!

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  1. Great article! Attitude definitely counts! Thank you for sharing.


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