How To Diagnose An Attitude

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Good and EvilHave you diagnosed the quality of the attitudes around you recently?  You probably do so intuitively and don’t realize, but consider these recent studies around the affect of Bad Attitudes:

  • People with bad attitudes have an 800% higher incident rate of being diagnosed with clinical depression.
  • People who possess a negative outlook on life are four times more likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack, or be diagnosed with cancer.
  • People who have bad attitudes have more career turnover.
  • People with bad attitudes have a 50% higher divorce rate.
  • People with bad attitudes are ten times more likely to have poor relationships with their children.

How can you really diagnose an attitude?  It’s all about behaviors.   Just look at others’ behaviors.  That will tell you all you need.

Here are five questions to ask that will diagnose your own attitude and that of others:

  • Are like-ability and respect ratings low? While being a great person is not a popularity contest, the fact is that people who desire to excel are both well liked and respected.  What do you reflect, and what do people see in you? If you are not well liked and respected then you will have consistent, self-imposed obstacles placed in your path that inhibit your ability to be an effective leader.
  • Is there a pessimistic outlook on things? If you aren’t excited about the start of each day, display a “same junk…different day” attitude, or have a “glass is half empty” perspective on things, then you likely have a bad attitude.
  • Do people seek input, advice, and counsel? If people see you coming and quickly run the other way, you have an attitude problem. Great leaders are magnets that attract the attention of others. If people shy away from you versus clamor for your attention, you likely have an attitude problem.
  • Is there frustration that others don’t see it their way? Everyone can have a bad day, and while it’s okay to have a pity-party every once in a while, it is not the kind of party you want to throw very often, and never publicly. If the majority of your conversations and interactions are negative or confrontational you likely have an attitude problem.
  • Is there difficulty attracting and retaining top people? The simple truth is that people strongly desire to work with and for great leaders. The best leaders I have observed are talent magnets…people want to be led by those who have much to offer. If you struggle with recruiting, team building, and leadership development you likely have a bad attitude.

Fact:  It’s easier to notice a Bad Attitude in others far sooner than our own.

If your attitude is impeding your relationships, your talent, or your health, it might be time to consider making some changes…

 

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