Energizing Your Team

Because so many of us are slogging through long hours and huge case loads, particularly in this economic climate, I thought this piece from Rosabeth Moss Kanter over at the Voices blog (Harvard Business Publishing) would be particularly relevant. In her post, she discusses the 3 characteristics that make someone an energizer. Surely you know people like this--folks who are able to maintain a relenttlessly positive attitude even in the toughest of times and motivate people to keep moving forward. Ms. Kanter points out that this often underrated quality of energy is an incredible leadership trait, and I would agree.

I can get behind all 3 characteristics (which you can see for yourself here), but my favorite is #3: Fast response time--Energizers don't dawdle. Perhaps because I am constantly in motion or perhaps because my brain is crowded with ideas, but this one really speaks loudest to me. I am not, by nature, a muller (in fact, those who know me best would probably agree I'm fairly impulsive), and I appreciate in others the quality of moving on ideas rather than debating the merits of a particular issue into the ground.

As I prepare for our leadership and management workshop at IAFN, this piece definitely gave me something new to consider...

[Three Tips for Becoming an Energizer, Rosabeth Moss Kanter]


Submitted by Paul Sanford on

Remaining positive in the most dire of circumstances is something that most people cannot do. There are always going to be times when some can do this but at some point everyone breaks.

Submitted by jmarkowitz on

Your point is well-taken, but when the general attitude of the leader is a positive one, I think the impact is pretty significant. And how those breaking points are handled can send a strong message to the team.