Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado. I find I am distracted by the warmth and beauty which has caused some pressure to stay on task. Adding to the fact as entrepreneurs/CEOs, we feel like we have a million responsibilities. Even with daylight savings, it feels like we don’t have enough time in the day! In the mix of this, we are encouraged to stay positive. This mindset shift can tip the balance for some us. I want to share a secret that I have discovered over the years: leading with positive intent can be a real game-changer for you in your personal life as well as in your business.

I first got immersed in the concept of leading with positive intent when I got certified as a Strengths Coach at Gallup in 2014. It was not just an idea, it was a strategy I wanted to adopt. Leading with positive intent means approaching your business and team interactions with an optimistic and constructive mindset. It’s about believing in the goodness of others, that people are doing the best that they can, fostering trust, and encouraging open communication. For me, it is believing in others and myself to do the best we are able to in the moment.

I believe the importance of leading with positive intent is directly correlated to these factors:

1. It strengthens relationships: When you assume the best in others, you build stronger, more trusting, and transparent relationships. This leads to feeling more connected and collaborative, resulting in a stronger bond. It’s a delight to be connected and work with people who feel seen, heard, and appreciated—it’s a recipe for long-term collaboration and success.

2. Boosts productivity: A positive environment lifts everyone’s spirit and creates momentum. When you and your team feel valued and respected, we are more motivated to give our best. Simple acts of acknowledgment can inspire you to aim for excellence more consistently.

3. Effective problem-solving: Positive intent fosters open communication and creativity, leading to effective problem-solving. When people feel safe to share their ideas without judgment, it opens the door to richer perspectives and innovative solutions.

4. Reduced Stress: When you lead with positivity, you create a supportive environment not just for your team but for yourself. This can significantly reduce stress and burnout. This positive work environment can act as a buffer against the inherent challenges and stresses of running a business.

How to lead with positive intent, even when you are overwhelmed:

The struggle ends with the gratitude begins

1. Start small: You don’t need to make huge changes overnight. Give yourself some grace and start by consciously assuming good intentions in a couple of interactions each day. If you experience a challenge with a client or team mate, approach the situation with curiosity and support. That beats the alternative which I call “assumicide”, assuming the worst by making assumptions/jumping to conclusions and getting frustrated. Starting small keeps leading with positive intent easier to manage in the long run.

2. Practice gratitude: Take a moment each day to acknowledge something or someone you are grateful for. This small practice can shift your mindset towards positivity. By focusing on the positive, we train our brain to be on the lookout for what is right with life as opposed to seeking what is not going right! To integrate this habit, try starting with “wins” or gratitude at your team meeting. It can change the whole vibe of the meeting.

3. Encourage open communication: Create an environment where your team feels safe expressing their ideas and concerns. This not only fosters trust but also opens the door to valuable feedback. Remember, feedback is mastery; it is essential for growth and fulfillment. Also, keep in mind that leading with positive intent is a journey, a way of being that is worth developing.

It’s likely you won’t feel positive all the time. To deny and dismiss your feelings can create toxic positivity. What I’m proposing is that when you are working on a project and you have hit a wall, gather your team/inner circle and discuss the challenges honestly. Breathe and listen; if you are struggling with what you are hearing, give that person the benefit of the doubt. Trust that at least 10% of what they are saying is helpful. Grab that 10% and stay open to where that can lead you. It is a “yes, and…” moment. What matters is your intention and effort to create a better, more supportive environment for you and your team. By implementing positive intent, you unlock greater potential and possibilities within yourself, your team, and your business. This can result in deep satisfaction and a more fulfilling entrepreneurial journey.

See the Good

Look at how far you have come! Just imagine what you can accomplish and the impact you can have by choosing each day to lead with positive intent

Here is to your bold success!