5 Quick Tips for Leading a More Joyful Life

Leadership Joy

I remember the worst experience I ever had with a leader. He was a perpetual grump; a man of absolutely no joy. He grumbled around the shop and openly ridiculed the folks under his charge. Even when we succeeded, he had nothing positive to bring to the table.

joy – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness

The best leaders I’ve worked under have always possessed a certain element of joy. Each was a delight to be around and a pleasure to serve under. Their positive spirit and joyful energy was contagious. They would receive the most respect and naturally inspire the best attitude.

Here are 5 tips for bringing a little more joy to your life:

1. Smile

It’s almost silly that I have to list this here, but so necessary. The most successful people aren’t afraid to smile wide. It’s contagious and it instantly opens the doors for connection. You never know when the right smile will make someone else’s day. Do it regularly.

2. Search For Evidences of God’s Grace in Your Life

Take stock of everything good and positive in your life. It’s all a gift to be cherished. When we shift from an attitude of entitlement to an attitude of gratitude, the world starts to look much different. Focus on your blessings; not your shortcomings.

3. Say Thank You

This goes hand-in-hand with the tip above. Say thank you and be genuinely grateful. Next time you grab your venti half-cafe soy latte from the under-appreciated barista at Starbucks, look her in the eyes and give her the most genuine thank you that you can offer.

4. Intentionally Seek Opportunities to Build Others Up

This immediately circles around to you. Take an extra 5 minutes to tell one of your team members exactly how much you’ve appreciated their contribution. Make it personal and special. Watch them light up. I promise you’ll enjoy it more than they do.

5. Rejoice in Other’s Victories

Celebrate with your team members when they succeed, whether its a work related event or not. Take the time to call a colleague and congratulate them when you hear the news of a recent success. Avoid the natural inclination for jealousy. Honestly and truthfully rejoice.

Try It Out

In my own life I’ve learned that a focus on managing my joy, even in the face of difficulty, has a significant effect on my productivity and success. I believe you’ll have a similar experience. Try these tips out this week and let me know how it goes.

What would you add to the list? Leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

    Not dwelling on failures. Deal with them, learn from them, and move on!

    Great list!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Great addition, Adam. If we lived our lives bogged down in failure, we certainly wouldn’t be very joyful at all!

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Being grateful is so important.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      It’s all a gift.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        indeed

  • http://TheInvisibleOffice.com Erica Cosminsky

    While #1 and #3 might be the most important, I always loved the concept of “repenting”. The Greek word metanoeo actually means- to perceive afterwards. Repenting should mean to turn and go another direction. Not to beat yourself up about things or those you lead for that matter. To change the circumstances for the next time by learning from it.

    Great stuff Kenny.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      That’s a great point, Erica. Trying to fight an uphill battle against ideas that don’t work can certainly make it hard to maintain our joy. Turn from the things that don’t work and turn towards the things that do. Good advice, ma’am!

  • http://kylajoyful.wordpress.com/ Kyla

    I’m always a fan of posts about joy and like that you point out joy in leadership. I think that without joy, leadership isn’t leadership at all but more like a dictatorship. We can easily do things for the sake of doing them, and try to get other people to work for us instead of with us. Adding joy to life draws people in to work together for a common goal, and have true desire to be there and accomplish that goal.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      I agree, Kyla. Joy is that common denominator. We all want to experience joy and are gravitated towards those who emanate it. That’s how we connect and really get things done together.

  • Manzanilla_z

    I´ve always thought adding joy to life brings a sense of happines and health, these tips lead such a life. Bless you Kenny

  • http://twitter.com/TimeWithTracy Time with Tracy

    Living a life full of joy is a choice. There are always things, big and small, trying to steal our joy on a daily basis. I like your list. People who are a joy to be around have more influence as leaders.

  • Lisa Landry

    All of these are great tips when it comes to using Social Media too.

    Lisa Ann Landry – Corporate Trainer
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com/speakers.html

  • Lisa Landry

    All of these are great tips when it comes to using Social Media too.

    Lisa Ann Landry – Corporate Trainer
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com/speakers.html

  • Lisa Landry

    All of these are great tips when it comes to using Social Media too.

    Lisa Ann Landry – Corporate Trainer
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com/speakers.html

  • Lisa Landry

    All of these are great tips when it comes to using Social Media too.

    Lisa Ann Landry – Corporate Trainer
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com/speakers.html

  • Lisa Landry

    All of these are great tips when it comes to using Social Media too.

    Lisa Ann Landry – Corporate Trainer
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com/speakers.html

  • Lisa Landry

    All of these are great tips when it comes to using Social Media too.

    Lisa Ann Landry – Corporate Trainer
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com/speakers.html