Leaders who expect the best from themselves and others are able to deal effectively with challenges and issues. Limiting negative beliefs and expectations about themselves increases productivity and innovation. However, positive attitude is not going to drive results without a reward. There needs to be an incentive to get the required results.
For instance, if leaders want someone to volunteer to be on their team, they should let the volunteer choose the assignment rather than be assigned a task. This way volunteers will feel they are in control of their desirable assignments rather than stuck with undesirable chores. Choices keep good productive volunteers on the team, and they will be excited to sign up again the next time a project comes around.
There are three tips for titleless leaders to get the best results from others:
- Raise the bar. Leaders adjust to the levels of demands made on them and those around them. Pushing to exceed standards, leaders will find other people want to be around those who raise the bar and aim for higher achievements.
- Expect more – get more. Leaders who expect more from others and themselves will get it. They can encourage followers to show their innovation and resourcefulness by bringing out the best in them.
- Decide on the thoughts that fill the day. Leaders can change their days simply by thinking about the outcome. For example, if they think they are problem solvers, then they will figure things out. If they think the work will be difficult, then it will be.