How to Be a Good Leader – Start with a Positive Attitude

How to Be a Good Leader – Start with a Positive Attitude by Coach Marty Gross

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The most important characteristic of a good leader is a positive attitude.  It certainly helps if you are one of the better players on the team, but that won’t win your team over by itself.  You must have a terrific attitude!  Hard to do every day, but then that is what sets the OK leaders apart from special leaders.

Here Is How:

Set the Tone

Your attitude has the power to not only lift you up or drag you down, but can also do the same for your team.  Take a long, hard look at your behavior. Do you complain? Do you find yourself making comments about your coaches?  How can you expect your teammates to be positive team members if you aren’t?

Push Through Tough Times

Lead by example, remain positive, upbeat and enthusiastic and find fun ways to motivate your team. Your attitude will be contagious, so if you find something great about a challenging practice or tough game ahead, likelihood is your teammates will too.

Accentuate the Positive

Hard to do every day and there might be days when you don’t feel like it.  That is when you have to make yourself stay away from negative talk.

Tune into self-talk.

Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.

Reward yourself.

A team who has fun together will work harder together. You can keep the team’s morale high by doing things outside of school and practice with the guys on the team.

Highlight the good.

When faced with a big challenge, it becomes even harder to be a positive leader—That is when you really have to focus on the good things around you.  Make a list.  Write them down.  This will force you to think positively about your circumstances.

 Don’t complain.

Stop complaining.  Stop whining.  People only complain when they don’t want to fix things.  This is also a form of mental toughness.  Are you tough or not.

 Stay healthy.

It’s impossible to have a positive attitude when you’re completely drained. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, and drink lots of water. This will do wonders not only for your physical health, but also your mental toughness.  Recruit your teammates to become part of your healthy lifestyle.

A positive leader keeps morale high and encourages teammates by their energy, interest and, most importantly, their actions. Make it a priority to be the positive force for your team and lead the way.

The Islander Way!

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