Does Happiness Matter To Leadership Performance?
How happy are you in your current role? Pretty simple question really but not one we ask ourselves that often. Maybe it’s because we don’t really want to admit the answer.
And what does happiness have to do with work, career and being a productive, inspiring, high performing leader anyway? I’d suggest… a lot.
Think about it. When do you do your best work?
Is it when you are wallowing in you own self pity party, day dreaming about getting as far away as you can from the day to day grind of your uninspiring job with uninspiring people that leaves you cold? I would think not!
Happiness is at the core of creating a productive team culture, where collaboration and supporting each other to achieve exceptional results are the norm. It’s important for sparking creative ideas and innovative problem solving.
And it all starts with you.
If, as a leader, you’re not happy and having some fun… it is very unlikely you will cultivate a team who bring a fun, happy and engaged energy to their work.
Know one thing for sure… you set the tone and your energy and behaviours are contagious.
Intuitively, we know this is true… and now research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience are making a clear connection between happiness and success. It turns out that when your brain is in a positive state, it is actually primed for higher levels of success and performance.
So it would make sense we seek happiness… not just because it feels good but also because it has a powerful impact on our work performance and outcomes.
Start here to improve your happiness... and your results.
1. Choose your attitude.
Your attitude has a powerful effect on you and the people you lead. What impact do you want to have on them?
If you are filled with negativity and bring a grumpy or, may I say, bitchy or gossipy energy into the office… you will be influencing the general actions and behaviours of your team.
It is your responsibility to set the tone for your team…. regardless of the tone being generated above you. You may not be able to influence a shift in the broader company culture… however, you can influence the culture of your team by choosing your attitude wisely.
The attitude you bring to work will have an impact on your own personal work performance, the effectiveness of your relationships and the way you are being perceived.
And most importantly… your overall level of happiness.
2. Reassess your role.
Does your role bring you joy and happiness? We spend a large part of our lives at work… let’s make sure it’s work that makes us happy. We do our best work when we are engaged in work that we are passionate about and that allows us to put our greatest skills and unique talents to work.
And doing work we are proud of matters! Making a real contribution, having an impact and being able to influence the direction or business outcomes is what brings many of us the most joy.
So, if you have found yourself in a role that no longer inspires you to do your best work and leaves you feeling depleted, disengaged or unfulfilled… it might be time to consider what’s next.
Life is too short to be stuck in a role that does not make you happy!
Choose your attitude, choose your career path, choose to fire up your right brain, choose happiness!