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The Art of Leadership - Nina Ellison EPISODE 25, 29th September 2020
The Value of Positive Thinking
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The Value of Positive Thinking

The Impact of Positive Thinking

As We Think, So We Lead

Soft skills make a difference in lives, but, too,  soft skills make a difference in the bottom line of your business. These skills are not just “nice to have” as I was once taught. They are a “need to have” if you wish to pursue success as a leader.

This is the 3rd week of hearing from 3 nursing professionals as they have shared ways during this pandemic that positive thinking as a leader has had an impact on their lives and their leadership decisions.

The story today really shines the light on the value added when a leader strategically uses positive thinking.   

#1: Ask the question. 

Amy identifies a question that allows her to pause and consider her choices. She thinks: “ How can I do this, I am having such a hard time?”

We have to face reality before we can change reality.

Identifying this question is often the pivot point of choosing a mind-set towards the abundance of what is possible away from the poverty of everything that goes against us. 

#2: Address the question

Amy chooses to move towards positive thinking. 

Research indicates that, in most circumstances, positive thinking improves problem solving and decision making, leading us to be more flexible, more innovative, and creative, and also increasingly thorough and efficient (Journal of Consumer Psychology)

Positive thinking increases our decision-making ability

It is our decisions and not our circumstances have the greatest influence on our lives.

#3: Make a decision

Amy comes to a point where she is ready to make a decision. At this point she says “Now more than ever…” She has moved from asking a question to making a decision.

#4 Recognize the role positive thinking plays in decision making

Positive thinking is a strategic choice. It is One more tool you can use with intentionality in your Leadership thinking tool kit. Don’t let it fool you. It may seem simple but your choice to add positive thinking to your strategic leadership plan can be life changing.

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