Share the mood you want your team to have

Share the mood you want your team to have

This is the final part of a two-part series on how a leader’s mood impacts their team, and how you can better manage your mood at work. The first part of this series is “Mood is contagious. Which one are you spreading?”

Eeyore and TiggerI’ve read articles before that say you can choose to be a Tigger or an Eeyore in life. Personally, I don’t entirely believe that. I think my regular mood, like most people, is in between. Great days pull me to a Tigger mood and bad days pull me to Eeyore mood. But, if you ever see me being either Tigger or Eeyore 24/7 for weeks at a time, I think something has gone wrong. 🙂

I don’t believe you can always just “choose” to stop being unhappy, angry, or upset at work. I also don’t at all agree with wearing a mask all the time and pretending to be thrilled when you are upset. But, there are definitely things you can do to start breaking a sour mood when it hits you.

You don’t like being in a bad mood, and you’re hurting your team the longer you remain that way. So, here are some tips to break the funk. Read more

Mood is contagious. Which one are you spreading?

Grumpy CatThis article is Part 1 of a two-part series. Part 2 is “Share The Mood You Want Your Team to Have,” which explains what you can do to put your best foot forward even when you’re not in a perfect mood.

I recently had a rough day at work. The stress and frustration got me down, and I was wearing it all over my face. At dinner that evening, my partner remarked, “You look like somebody killed your puppy!” Even the next morning before work, my Grumpy Cat face was broadcasting my mood. My partner put this in perspective for me when he commented that people were going to interpret anything I said that day based on my demeanor. Looking unhappy and frazzled doesn’t convey confidence, and people would respond to me at work accordingly.

Uh oh. It was time for an attitude adjustment. Research does indicate that a leader’s mood impacts their team and people they interact with. Leaders must have self-awareness and develop skills for better self-management of their own bad moods. Read on to learn how mood is contagious. Read more