You have most likely been subjected to a negative manager or team member sometime in your life. Unfortunately, too often businesses face the dilemma of negative leadership which places employees and team members in a tricky position.
As business owners we need to be included in team building exercises to ensure that our teams are working effectively and efficiently, but aside from that, we have to be looking at ways for encouragement, internal leadership, brainstorming activities and rewarding good work.
Being expressed as primarily negative is very worrying for managers and business owners. If you take any business environment, it is essential that employees are able to trust and feel comfortable with you as their leader.
Zig Ziglar once said that "If people like you, they will listen to you, but if they trust you, they'll do business with you."
Lack of Direction
Steve Jobs once joked with Bill Gates about Apple Inc looking non-functional when they replaced him as chairman "it was if there was a hole in the ship, but they were asking me to point it in the right direction". We need to clear the confusion when it comes to teams, and the functionality that needs to be incorporated within the processes of team direction.
When a team works with each other, they achieve little. When a team builds with each other, they achieve the desired outcome. However, when a team understands each other, they will succeed together through the unanticipated barriers.
The common grounds to understanding your team has to be included in internal training. Team members need to feel as if other team members understand and respect them, otherwise the effectiveness will plummet along with the results of the business.
Replace the Negativity
It's very hard to change someone's attitude, but when it has to do with you (and affects you), it is partly your responsibility to fix it as well. As much as that might sound difficult, it stands to reason whenever you have to work together in the future.
There are numerous ways to transition negativity into optimism:
It is essential that you (as a team member) try your hardest to assist the transition using these principles.
In the video below, Alison Ledgerwood discusses negativity and the effects of it. Take a look at this TED talk and replace her scenarios with ones of your own.