The No Complaining Rule
One of the most difficult things about leadership is maintaining a positive attitude through every experience. But this is an essential trait of the greatest leaders I've ever known. No matter how bad it gets, they were confident in the fact that they would be able to pull through.
I read a quote that struck me about leadership more than anything I've read in a while. It was from Jon Gordon's book, You Win in the Locker Room First. It said, "If you are complaining you're not leading. If you are leading you're not complaining."
I had to chew on this one for a while. I thought, how many times did I give up my leadership position because I was complaining instead of staying positive and figuring out a solution?
Because, at the core, that's what real leaders do. They deal out hope and figure out solutions. Complaining is the easy way out. Solutions take energy and courage.
Try not complaining about anything for 24 hours. When you are about to open your mouth to complain, cry or bitch about something, stop yourself. Instead, think about it as a challenge and write down 3 solutions. I think you'll find your attitude and leadership will take a positive and productive turn.