Saturday, January 11, 2014
I am wondering about attitude, with relation to Sparkpeople in this case, but its possibly actually a reflection on society in general.
In the nearly 5 years that I have been a leader of Chair Exercise Team I have found that attitudes of members wishing to lead vary greatly.
I agree that I run a tight ship- that I can be domineering and that I work long hours and thus that some might feel they cannot cope with that. They don’t have to offer or agree to lead.
However my attitude is that the team attitude comes from the top – after all you are a leader. If you, as leader, slack, only dropping in once or twice a week, doing the odd thing and off again – then I believe that’s what the team will also do!!
If you as leader are active and there are always new ideas and challenges to keep the team motivated then the team will react to that by being active and talking part in the new ideas. But this takes time and effort.
Sparkpeople is a free site – we are fortunate to have the facility – but does that mean we should use it as we please, jumping in and out of teams, doing a bit here and then a bit there – but nothing consistent??
I regard my leadership of the team as an honour and in the same way as a job. I may not be paid for it – but I make the effort to check in every day, to have new ideas ready and to try to keep the message boards and threads moving. If there is a reason I cannot get in I make sure that another leader checks the team . Leadership therefore becomes a team effort.
Here it should be added that my life is certainly not a bed of roses that I can spend long hours on the computer – I have responsibilities at home, and a house to run, 10 acres to mow, a husband I care for and my own exercise and life to lead – but I make the time for my leadership duties.
We hear from Sparkpeople that people who take part in team message boards or are active through the site lose more weight than those who don’t. OK – so they have to say that – but I have honestly found it to be true. In the nearly 5 years of being active within my team I have never – yes I said – NEVER – lost motivation. I cannot – I have to be continually stimulating and motivating the team – and this leads to my motivation being raised.
What do other members feel about this – do you feel we can, as leaders do too much – that the team attitude has no relation to the leaders’ attitudes and that our own motivation has no connection with the amount we do on Sparkpeople?
Or do you appreciate an active leader who tries to motivate and stimulate the team? A team leader who has a responsibility to that team and to its members, and tries to live up to that responsibility.
This is not meant to be a “I am wonderful” blog – this is a blog asking for your thoughts on a subject – thoughts that I am honestly very interested in.