I suppose I’ve always known the importance of attitude.
And the attitude of people inside teams I’ve built.
Attitude is part of that 3-sided thing isn’t it?
That 3-sided knowledge, skills and attitude thing.
Knowledge being what we know.
Skills being how well we apply what we know.
And attitude being how arsed we are.
That’s how I interpret the 3-sided knowledge, skills and attitude thing, anyway.
And my view on the ‘being arsed’ bit.
The attitude bit.
Is that attitude is much more important than the knowledge bit and the skills bit.
Because knowledge and skills are mostly taught.
At least, that’s what I thought until very recently.
And it was Fred Rogers that changed my mind.
Creator of Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood.
Died in 2003.
Tom Hanks played him in the 2019 film.
‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood’.
And at first, I thought that Mr. Rogers agreed with me that attitude could not be taught.
And in a way he did.
But with a twist.
And here is that twist.
Because Mr Rogers said this about attitude:
Fred Rogers said that by showing children how obsessed and how happy you are doing what you do.
And I think there’s something about all leadership in this observation.
So I agree with Mr.Rogers completely.
The attitude of the people you lead.