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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Optimism: Being an Intentionally Positive and Unconventional Leader

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

While no one would argue that 2020 made it difficult for even optimists to feel positive, one role of the career professional is to generate hope. If the client does not feel good, it is a sign of growth, and that is good! If the client doesn't see a means to moving ahead at work, it is time for change and together the resources can be tapped. Being intentionally optimistic serves both the self and the world, which includes the people who need career professionals the most.

~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A.,

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Personality assessment can help you discover language to understanding differences. You need more than one piece to the puzzle and at a earlier age. Kristin A. Sherry, career development coach and creator of YouMap career profile, says she is an unconventional leader because, “I help maximize people-- adults and children... its a loss when people don't realize the unique gifts they bring to the world.” She decided back in college that she was going to better herself. The default principles of intentional leaders start with purpose as the cornerstone, followed by belief and persistence, desire, passion then intentional action. Listen to the full interview with Kristen Sherry on the BuzzSprout podcast.


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Thinking positively while searching for a job tends to help people interview more effectively, receive higher salaries, and obtain a variety of career options. The job seeker could develop optimism by no longer worrying, learning to be more self-reliant, and viewing rejection differently. Read more about changing your thought process.

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Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” - Roy T. Bennett
Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. - Nelson Mandela
"For myself, I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else." - Winston S. Churchill


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