I have spent the past 20 years working for government and the private sector. For most of those years I held key executive positions. Three characteristics in particular have been instrumental to my success. They are: having a positive attitude, a solid reputation, and confident communication skills.
For key tips on each element, see the three-part series. Women in leadership – the secret to success – part 2
Characteristic 1: Positive attitude
The most important characteristic that has always done me extremely well in my career, and arguably a key promotable asset – is my positive and proactive approach. The reason this is vital to leadership is that is inspires others.
The trick to retaining a positive attitude and approach come by way of five vital elements.
- I retain two distinctly different, but very intertwined, outlooks. Quite simply – I choose to remain grateful and optimistic in life and in my daily activities.
Happiness is contagious! When I smile and be positive – others are too.
- A key enemy to positivity and creativity is self-doubt. I squash self-doubt when it starts to rear its ugly head. Because it adds no value.
- I don’t believe that I have been successful due to luck. Instead I have actively pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I make opportunities present themselves by being proactive, agile in the face of change, and by putting my hand up for new tasks in order to learn more.
- Being able to value your own worth and believe in yourself is also vital! As this provides the confidence in your ability to learn how to do something.
- Lastly, I believe that I control my own life. If I am unhappy then it is my responsibility to change something. Do not wait for circumstance, or others, to change your life for you. Make yourself responsible for your own happiness today!