Why Attitude Matters to Get Hired and Lead on the Job
By Sandy Schroeder
I have always believed attitude is pretty close to all. The people that I have worked with who had strong positive attitudes accomplished the most and made it look easy. Some of them had outstanding academic records. Some of them were self-taught determined workers, and others were just all-around great people. They all had one dominant feature, attitudes that simply would not quit. When they got behind a project, they made it happen one way or other.
Business Insider echoes this philosophy with views from entrepreneur, Craig Cincotta. He describes his efforts in the home improvement field, saying, “The best teams I have ever been a part of or managed all had one thing in common: people with great attitudes.”
Four Reasons People with Attitude Score
Here's what happens when people with great attitudes show up.
They keep everybody grounded - They simply power ahead focusing on the project and ignoring the daily run of jokes, gossip and other distractions. Usually their enthusiasm pulls everybody together, creating a stronger team with more productivity.
They make work more fun - Often we spend more time with co-workers than we do with friends or family, and a great attitude can unite the group creating a work family. When that happens, loyalties become stronger and support is automatic. This kind of attitude makes it a lot more enjoyable to come to work. I have watched workers go to great lengths to help a co-worker celebrate a new addition to the family, or a special birthday. Everyday personal things are important and a group that’s connected knows this.
They know how to build success - People with great attitudes take the time to celebrate the daily wins. They know small wins create a foundation for ongoing success. They show up every day ready to do the work and share the victories of all sizes. I have watched leaders who did this beautifully. They were the same positive person when they talked to a subordinate as they were when they spoke with other directors.
They value the job more than the title - They are perfectly willing to jump in and get their hands dirty to get the job done, and they are often the last to leave at the end of a long day. One of my favorite bosses actually seemed to work 24/7. In the morning I would find emails sent from him after midnight. Then there would be another email sent around 8 a.m. He loved his job and created so much energy that everybody loved working with him.
Positive attitudes make the wheels go round. Without them you simply have a few flat tires.
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