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Contagious Leadership: You Are Contagious. Own It.

Have you ever noticed that you have the ability to influence other people’s decisions, outlooks and moods – not only through words but with the intentions behind your words and your presence? Or that you can change the energy of a room by the mood you bring into it (for better or for worse)? Or that you can have a meeting that feels positive and productive, but you also have one negative person in there who can ruin the whole meeting?

Most of us can relate to these situations in our lives. Why? Because we are all human, which also means we are contagious. Our intentions, presence, energy, and state of being are also contagious.

We put out energy, but we also take it in. This happens at work, on the train, at home, at the coffee shop, and everywhere we go. Whatever we emit and whatever we take on determines our ability to lead, influence, and create the effect we want.

So the real question is, what kind of contagious do you want to become? What do you want to emit? What do you want to take on? What will it be in service of?

Contagious Leadership

So, What Is Contagious?

 Contagious signifies something, a disease, a feeling, or an attitude that spreads from one person to another by direct or indirect contact and will probably spread even further and affect others. For good or for bad.

The good news is, this is all your choice. And whatever kind of energy and attitude you choose will be contagious.

The cause of your contagiousness is your energy, intentions, presence, and your Intentional Energetic Presence® (your IEP). You can control all of these things. They’re all yours. Nobody can do it for you, and no one can take them away from you.

Make one of them better, and you will instantly level-up your ability to create influence. Culture and Leadership are something that we are, not something that we do. The being is our energy, intentions, and presence – and you can’t separate the doing from the being. The doing is absolutely important – but the being is what employees respond to and are either repelled or inspired by. If we intentionally lead with our being and doing in harmony, we’re much more likely to have a positive influence.

It is easier to hold culture as something that needs to be done or something someone else is responsible for. However, considering culture as something internal – something that you are and are accountable for – can seem confrontational. It requires you to be aware and present. It requires connecting with others and being vulnerable. It also requires accountability and self-reflection, and asking the questions, “How am I contributing to the experience I’m having? How am I showing up to my situation? What help might I need?”

This is a great gift and even a superpower, and like any superpower, it holds opportunity, along with a great responsibility.

Discover the best way to develop a contagious, positive attitude, consistently connect with your leadership team, and predictably turn them into highly engaged employees. Call me for some complimentary advice. Book an appointment at or call me at +1 (604) 943-0800.


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Greg Nichvalodoff, BSc. BM (Honors), MBA, PCC, CMC
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