The fourth characteristic is to be enthusiastic and passionate. Excitement is contagious. When a leader is motivated and excited about the cause, people will be more inclined to follow. So how can you be more enthusiastic and passionate you might ask? Well here are some tips that might help.
- Set goals and devise a plan to reach them. Lawrence J. Peter, author of The Peter Principle, says: "If you don't know where you are going, then you will probably end up somewhere else." If you know where you are going, then you will be more confident and sure of yourself. This will allow your enthusiasm to show through.
- Be organized! When you are organized chances are that you will be less distracted and more productive. When you have a productive lesson with a group of teachers, your enthusiasm will be evident! They will see it in your smile.
- Look for those "Aha!" moments. There are those times during a presentation with teachers where they finally get something or find a way to use a tool in their classroom. Feed off of that excitement and get excited with them. Others in the group will want to be a part of that.
- Don't dwell on negative things. Sometimes a tool, the technology, or lesson just bombs. Learn from those failures, but then put them out of your mind. Also, don't worry about things that you cannot change.
- Don't try to solve everyone in the group's problems yourself. Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know that, but will find an answer and get back to you." You can quickly become overwhelmed, frustrated, and lose that enthusiasm and passion. Stay focused on your lesson/presentation and find some of the answers that you're not sure about at a later time and don't forget to follow up.
- Meet often with other enthusiastic people. Our team of eLearning coaches meets weekly. This is very refreshing to share and get ideas from folks that believe in the cause. You can also discuss your victories and failures. These discussions are usually uplifting and come with excellent advice.
- Take the criticism of the naysayers with a grain of salt. Don't listen to the people who criticize you without being constructive or always seem to discourage you. Chances are, it is not you, they are just at war with everyone.
- Keep your energy level up! Prepare, get plenty of rest, eat right, and exercise when you can. Wow, I sound like my mother or a health teacher. When your energy level is up, that energy will be contagious.
Henry Ford once said, "You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.”