Have you ever noticed how an enthusiastic person in a department store gets you, the customer, more excited about the merchandise? Or have you observed how an enthusiastic clergyman or other speaker has a wide-awake, enthusiastic audience? The bottom line is if you have enthusiasm, hose around you will have it, too.
The basic step in developing enthusiasm is simple—build in yourself an optimistic, progressive glow, a feeling that “this is great and I’m 100 percent for it.” This will lead you to always wanting to do the right thing for the organization and setting a good example for your subordinates.
On the other hand, if you “cheat” your company in little ways like expense money, supplies, and time, what can you expect your subordinates to do? Don’t forget that your superiors will evaluate you by measuring the quality and quantity of output that you get from those reporting to you. If your reports see a lackluster and average performance from you, that is exactly where they’ll set the bar for their own performance.
Here are two suggestions you can implement immediately from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Atlanta, Georgia, for getting others to emulate your enthusiasm:
1) Always show positive attitudes toward your job so that your subordinates will “pick up” the right thinking.
2) As you approach your job each day, ask yourself, “Am I worthy in every respect of being imitated? Are all my habits such that I would be glad to see them in my subordinates?”
Remember the old adage, “You are what you think.” Think enthusiastically and you’ll be enthusiastic. To get high quality work, also be enthusiastic about the job you want done. Others will catch the enthusiasm you generate and you’ll get first-class performance.
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