Attitude and Your Reputation

Your attitude plays a vital role in your reputation and how others perceive you.

Hard to describe “attitude”

If you are like most people, defining attitude is not quick and intuitive. Many of you will avoid trying to describe attitude and simply say, “I know it when I see it.” You don’t think a lot about the definition of attitude until you are asked to share an opinion regarding a colleague. As you think about your colleague, one of the defining characteristics you’ll think about is his attitude. It is very common to hear something similar to one of the following statements when you’re thinking about one of your colleagues:

  • “I love Carol! She has a great attitude and always gets her work done with a smile.”
  • “David? Ugh! That guy has such a bad attitude. I stay away from him as much as I can.”
  • “Mark is a real go-to guy. I can really depend on him to deliver.”

Humans are attuned to attitude whether you are perceived by your colleagues as having a good or bad one. While attitude is hard to define, your colleagues definitely will “know it when they see it.”

Good attitude = good reputation (usually)

As our focus is on building a good reputation, it is natural that our focus will also be on a good attitude. A good attitude is typically reflected by the following attributes:

  • Optimism. You choose to be positive and have a “can-do” perspective.
  • Flexibility. You choose to be open to change and generous in the number of options that you are willing to consider.
  • Politeness. You choose to be kind and courteous to your colleagues, even during times of stress and conflict.

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Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments. With over twenty-five years of innovative leadership and management experience, Ed possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results. Known for his business acumen, his ability to resolve complex human relations issues, and his enthusiastic, accessible and responsive style, Ed partners with managers, leaders and business teams to explore clarity and communication, and traverse conflict and change.