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BK Blog Post
Posted by Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer, Giant Leap Consulting, Inc..
Bill Treasurer is founder and Chief Encourager at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a Courage Building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously. Bill is the author of numerous books on leadership and courage.
Opportunities are the venues where people can try themselves, test themselves, better themselves, and even find themselves. The leader’s job is to match the opportunity to the person and to help the person, and the organization, exploit the opportunity for all it’s worth.
Being an open-door leader requires having an opportunity mindset, a significant shift from the more common threat-focused way of leading.
Fear and excitement prompt the same neurological responses. Think for a moment about what happens to you, physiologically, when you are really, really afraid. Your heart races, your palms sweat, your breath gets faster and shorter, and your stomach teems with butterflies. Well, guess what? Those same physiological responses happen when you are going to have sex!
If fear and excitement are both high-arousal states, why is fear so detrimental to creating opportunity while excitement is so effective?
Though there are almost no neurological and physiological differences, there is one critical distinction between the conditions of fear and excitement. You experience fear as displeasure, and you experience excitement as pleasure. It follows that you move toward situations that provide pleasure and you avoid situations that provoke displeasure.
Here are some specific impacts of keeping an opportunity focus:
Focusing on opportunity instead of problems is not just a matter of semantics. By viewing and explaining situations as opportunities, you create a field of excitement where employees are more apt to face challenges than shirk them.
Leaders create leaders by opening doors of opportunity that have a positive and lasting impact on the behavior of those they lead.