Transforming Negatives to Positives

Transforming Negatives to Positives


Each of us has personality traits and characteristics that make us who we are. These qualities mold and shape us into unique individuals and differentiate us from our peers. Because we each possess our own set of characteristics, aptitudes and perspectives, we bring something different to the table when working alongside others. As a team member you are energized by the positivity your colleagues exude or are brought down by their negativity.


NU SKIN TIP Avoid arrogance, but take pride in your work and exude confidence as a leader.


Leaders often receive criticism for their negativity. In order to be viewed as a positive influence, it is vital that a leader learn to cultivate an environment where their team feels enlightened, empowered and encouraged. However, amid the stresses and responsibilities that may beset you, it is easy to allow negative traits to surface. What can set you apart as a leader is an ability to harness the power of negative traits; to help rather than to hinder.


The following personality traits are commonly perceived as negative. Select those you identify with most and learn how to make them work to your advantage.


Arrogance. As a leader, taking pride in your success and accomplishments shows your team that you believe in what you’re doing. A leader that second-guesses will cause their team to do the same. Be willing to take risks. This will prove to your team that you believe in their ability to succeed.  

Envy. Possessing a competitive nature can quickly escalate to an unhealthy level.  However, when kept in-check, envy can work to your advantage. If you find that you desire the accomplishments of others, employ your intellect and work ethic to achieve success.  Allow your envious nature to work for you.  


Selfishness.  While focusing on yourself may appear neglectful, it is important to learn when it’s appropriate to say “no.” Assuming the role of a people-pleaser takes valuable time and energy away from the things that matter. In order to help others you have to be able to help yourself.


Pessimism. In small doses, pessimism can provide some much needed perspective. Being cognizant of things that could go wrong enables you to plan accordingly for unexpected mishaps and establish the necessary measures to avoid them.

“A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths—and can call on the right strength at the right time.” –Donald O. Clifton



Pay attention to the negative perceptions people may have of you, and identify ways you can properly channel that trait and use it as strength. Learning to transform negatives into positives will enable you to lead effectively and achieve success. ■