W10D3 - Attitude

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had . . ." - Romans 15:5.

There's power when everyone in a family or organization has the same attitude of mind. Here we see in part that an attitude is a gift that God gives, just like endurance and encouragement. While God gives attitudes, it's up to the leaders and each member of the team to do all they can to maintain that positive, unified attitude. A positive, optimistic attitude releases energy, gratitude, and a can-do mindset. A negative attitude creates self-fulfilling negative scenarios that spread throughout the organization and only serve to make matters worse.

LEADERSHIP STEP: If there's someone on your team who has a negative attitude, you must have a talk with them today. The way to confront is not to hammer them with your perspective, but to open a dialog to see if you are correct in your assessment and then to find out the source of the negativity, which may be you, your actions, or your own attitude. Team attitude is a gift, but you must work to develop and maintain that good attitude in yourself and your team.

W5D3 - Attitude

"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus . . ." - Philippians 2:5.

An attitude, like that of an airplane, is the direction someone is leaning as compared to a fixed point. A leader has an attitude toward a person, project, or duty, either leaning into it with a positive or away from with a negative attitude. Leaders are to develop and maintain a positive attitude, just like Jesus, toward service, humility, and team relationships. Thus, the directive in this verse is not just for church leaders. It's for all leaders, who must ask God's help to have the correct attitude in every situation, including a negative attitude toward bad leadership behavior.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Today it's time to assess your attitude toward the aspects of your leadership walk. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest), rate your attitude in the following areas: team relationships, humility, service, learning new things, encouraging others, honesty and integrity, and exercise (feel free to add others). What are the areas in which you ranked lowest? What are you going to do to improve your attitude in those areas of life and/or work?