Project Management

Lead with Enthusiasm! 4 Tips

How we express our eagerness changes everything: from the quality of our personal lives and relationships to our career success, including the way we manage projects. In an Inc. article, Peter Gasca shares his enthusiasm for project success by explaining how exhibiting four essential traits can change your life as a leader.

Be Authentic

Anyone can spot a phony – especially a phony leader. Real enthusiasm is straight from the heart. That means that if you’re not particularly outgoing or emotional, you need to look for ways to express your love of leading in your own, idiomatic way. For instance, sometimes the right mix of wit and humor can replace expressiveness. Even an intense attention to detail may signal to others that you’ve got your eye on the ball and are motivated to lead.

Be Spontaneous

Enthusiasm is a delicate and paradoxical thing. It has the ability to impart near-limitless energy but can also run opposite of you team’s momentum, making them tired or even irritable. The key is to know how much enthusiasm to exert and when to exert it. Oftentimes, folks are just looking for an “attaboy” or a surprise cookie tray to take the edge off the day. In some cases, it’s also good to show full-on gusto.

Be Creative

One way to avoid being inauthentic while at the same time capitalizing on spontaneity is to try something unconventional. Keep your shirt on with this one! It’s all too easy to get caught up in our own originality while forgetting the original cause: Karaoke anyone? Hit the sweet spot, however, and watch the team spirit really catch fire.

Be Selfless

Last of all, keep in mind that though it might be you who is bursting at the seams with inspiration and energy, it is ultimately others who must feel it if you are to effectively lead. Thus, the trait of selflessness is actually the most important of the four. People respond amazingly to selfless acts, and if your authenticity, spontaneity, or creativity is channeled through a genuine regard for your team, they’ll know it. Brace yourself for a great workday, workweek, or work year.

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Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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