Three Positive Attitude Tips for Project Managers

These positive attitude tips can help you be a better Project Manager.

Attitudes are contagious. As the Project Manager, your attitude will strongly influence other people around you. For example...

  • If you're excited about your project, it will inspire others to be excited about it as well
  • If you remain calm and upbeat when issues occur, your team will be able to focus on resolving the issues and your other stakeholders will remain confident that you have the situation under control

This is why it is so important for you to have a positive attitude.

Here are three tips you can use for developing a positive attitude...

Choose Your Attitude

The most important thing to realize about developing a positive attitude is that you choose your attitude. You decide how you will react to any circumstance. It is your responsibility, don't give that power away to other people or external circumstances.

To keep a positive attitude requires daily effort. You will find that there are some areas in your life where you are naturally more pessimistic. You will need to put extra effort in these areas. When you find yourself moving away from a positive and joyful attitude, the next two tips can help you stay optimistic.

Look for the Positive

One of the best things you can do to have a positive attitude is to look for the positive in everything. Even in difficult or challenging situations, you can find something good. Not only will this help you keep a positive attitude, but you will be able to find opportunities that people with a negative attitude aren't able to pick up.

You should also find other positive people to spend time with. Spending time with optimistic people will help you stay positive. This is especially important if you work in a "toxic" environment. If this is the case, you may need to go outside your group, or even company, in order to find people with a positive attitude.

Express Gratitude

Expressing gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to keep a positive attitude. In Today Matters, by John C. Maxwell, he explains how gratitude is part of a positive cycle that feeds itself...

"Thinking about the good things helps us to be grateful. Remaining grateful helps us to have a more positive attitude. And having a positive attitude prompts us to think about the good rather than the bad."

As a Project Manager, it is critical to express gratitude and appreciation to your project team members. If you appreciate their contributions and let them know about it, they will probably contribute even more to your current project and want to work with you on future projects. Don't take them for granted.

In Conclusion...

You should think about these positive attitude tips everyday. If you do that, you will be well on your way to having the right attitude for leading your projects to success.

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