The Impact of Enthusiastic Leadership


Have you considered the impact of enthusiastic leadership?

Enthusiasm can be something that is ordinary, pleasant and feels normal or it can be something that is dysfunctional and so over the top. Whether it is over the top, under the middle, or somewhere in between, it is sure to have an effect.


The Importance of Choosing Enthusiastic Leadership

Enthusiasm is a choice that leaders can make, and it can have a significant impact on their team's performance. As a leader, you have the power to set the tone, and choosing enthusiasm over apathy can make all the difference. Being enthusiastic about your work and everything you do can be contagious, and it can inspire your team to do their best work.

It's important to remember that enthusiasm isn't just about being positive. It's also about being passionate and fully engaged in what you do. So, make a conscious choice to be enthusiastic and watch as it energises your team and leads to better results.


In 2022, Donna Dahl was named in the Top 20 Empowerment Coaches in the world. She is the author of Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise, a five-star rated book designed to challenge people to consider mindful change. When Donna is looking at team development, she enjoys having people inform her as to whether they think their approach to being a team member was more like that of the tortoise, or more like that of the hare.

Donna’s message is that it wouldn’t be effective to only have tortoises on a team because they might never get to the finish line. If there were only hares on the team, they might never stop to think about what the next steps could be. Donna challenges teams to examine their way of being, in relation to the tortoise and the hare and how these two components can complement each other when it comes to getting the job done.


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How To Check Enthusiasm Levels in Teams

Consistent performance 1-on-1 meetings with team members are and excellent opportunity to check on enthusiasm levels. It's not just about aligning expectations: it's also a chance to assess each person's energy and engagement. Use this opportunity to encourage them, understand their work-life balance, identify roadblocks and opportunities for development, and provide feedback. This can help to increase motivation and enthusiasm in your team members, and they will appreciate the effort you put into supporting their personal and professional growth.

Remember, consistency is key! Make sure to keep the meetings on schedule to keep your team members accountable and engaged.


There are a number of variables that impact performance and decisions that aren’t acknowledged. Donna calls them unquantifiables. We can sense they are present, but we can’t necessarily measure them.

At one point Donna found herself in a work situation where she was actually graded on not smiling enough. “Is a smile an indicator of enthusiasm? Perhaps, but I'd also like to think that my focused attention on you in conversation, maintaining eye contact, hearing your words, being authentic with my response, doesn't necessarily require me to smile, to show my regard,” she says.

It came as no surprise to Donna that two of the factors coming out as being the most prominent in terms of needing attention in 2022 were confidence and communication.


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What is a leaders role in enthusiastic leadership?

There is a role for leaders to play with respect to monitoring enthusiasm. They also need to consider their own level of enthusiasm. If leaders aren’t enthusiastic about the work they do, is it fair to expect the people working under them to be enthusiastic?

There is another piece in Donna’s puzzle that says it’s okay to treat all the people on the team like human beings. They have varying levels of energy, varying levels of enthusiasm and different things going on during different days. An effective leadership skill is being mindful of what is happening and being able to create an intervention that will have a positive outcome.

One way to improve your leadership is to remember that it's not appropriate to treat human beings as though they're robots; all you need to do is flick a switch and oil a few joints and away you go. Humans aren't like that. Human beings have feelings and things going on outside the company.

So, if enthusiasm begets enthusiasm, enthusiasm becomes the energizer. We all know that every once in a while, the battery in your vehicle needs to be replaced because the energy has drained out of it completely. Let's keep the battery working by regenerating it with enthusiasm.


How to Generate Enthusiasm in Teams

As a leader, one of the most important things you can do is to generate enthusiasm in your team. One way to do this is to help members take ownership of their performance, growth, and development journeys. Encourage them to set their own goals and be accountable for achieving them. Provide them with the necessary resources and support to succeed, and recognise and celebrate their accomplishments.

Another way to generate enthusiasm is to create a positive work environment that encourages creativity and collaboration. Encourage members to share their ideas and opinions and provide them with opportunities to contribute to projects that align with their strengths and interests. By creating a culture of enthusiasm, you can foster a sense of ownership and commitment among your team members, leading to greater engagement, productivity, and success.


The complete interview on the impact of enthusiastic leadership can be listened to here, on audio platforms, or watched here, on The Culture of Leadership (TCoL) YouTube channel.

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