Do I have an attitude?
In the past ten years I have had multiple jobs and have been the supervisor in all but one of them. Out of frustration and anger I have treated people badly and have had a “don’t question me” attitude in dealing with my team, I never stopped to ask myself, “Do I have an attitude?”, I just thought it was them.
As I mentioned in my younger days I believed that everyone else was the problem but somewhere it began to dawn on my that I had the same problem with everyone, they couldn’t possibly all be the same kind of problem person, do I have an attitude?…maybe it was me?
I have witnessed when people were afraid to approach their supervisor with a question or problem for fear of being chewed up and spit out, when you have multiple interactions daily that go this way it can cause a person to have a bad day at work.
In my current position I have tried to be mindful of how my team approaches me,
Are they comfortable asking me for help, or do they try everyone else first?
Do they find it easy to bring to my attention a mistake I have made?
Do I have an attitude/chip on my shoulder and dare anyone to offer an alternative to a suggestion I make?
So do I have an attitude?
So if you have wondered, “Do I have an attitude?”, chances are, unless you are completely self absorbed and disconnected you will know whether or not you do and the good news is there are plenty of resources available to help guide you.
We are all growing whether intentional or not, just become intentional about this. Ultimately we are responsible for our attitude whether at work or anywhere else, it is not the result of our environment, we have the ability and responsibility to correct this. Our desire to be sought after by employers can be realized or never happen based on this one thing, so it is important to set aside our pride and reach out for help.
When people start to notice the change in you no one will say, “why are you doing this, do you think your better than everybody else?” unless of course they have an attitude…