When people work together, there is a constant exchange of moods, and individuals are susceptible to catching the moods of those around them, according to fastcompany.com. The effects of just one negative person on a team can be damaging to projects and everyone’s well-being.
As a leader, it is crucial you understand your team is highly attuned to your emotions and your mood can influence their attitudes, spirits and behaviors.
Following are ways you can strive to bring positive energy to your team.
Hone your self-awareness. Maintaining awareness of your mood is key, and there may be times when you need to shift your mood. If you are feeling burned out, you may not realize the extent to which you are transmitting your exhaustion and negativity to your team. Ask yourself what your current state of mind is and whether that status is OK.
Reframe to boost your mood. If your current mood is detrimental to your team, work to change it. Similar to adjusting your view through a camera lens, reframing helps shift your mindset by looking at a situation, person or relationship from a different, more positive angle, which can reduce stress and boost your mood.
Pay attention to your body language. You might cross your arms because you are cold, which can communicate as defensiveness or anxiety. A relaxed upright posture, a smile and eye contact can express warmth and confidence and influence the same feelings in others.
Foster a positive climate. Be intentional about the climate you are creating. It can be easy to focus on the negative, where anger is expressed more frequently than joy. Celebrate wins, positive experiences and positive emotions. A positive emotion culture is not about constant (and unsustainable) positivity; it is about correcting the balance between negative and positive emotions and creating an environment where negativity is less likely to take hold.
Protect yourself. Remember to safeguard yourself from negativity. If you suspect negative attitudes are getting to you, make time for self-care, such as exercise, mindfulness practices and positive connections with others.