The invisible element that can affect you and your team’s performance

All teams have an energy about them. You get a feel for how it would be to work with them and you can pretty soon decide whether you want to ‘be on their side’ or not.

This ‘energy’ is best described by mood.

How often have you walked into a room where the mood is uplifting you actually feel it as you walk in? Compare that to walking into a room where there is a pensive mood. You feel it, and it’s very different to the previous mood of uplifting.

What do I mean by mood?

Well, think of it as an emotional state that has some longevity such as; optimism, intense, dour, calm, jolly, resignation, gratitude… a longer-term attitude.

As you think of the moods I mentioned above imagine what they feel like when you are with someone in this ‘mood’.

Moods envelope you – they are contagious.

You automatically adapt to the mood of your environment.

Why consider moods at all?

Moods have everything to do with your happiness and productivity. They impact the language you use, how you listen, the actions you take and therefore the results you get.

Equally important is people respond to your mood whether they are spoken or not. They have an impact on how you relate to others and how you move through the world.

They will either enable you to achieve your goals and objectives with ease or not.

Taking Stock

 Here is an opportunity for you to reflect on your own circumstances. Consider these questions:

  • What is your predominant mood?
  • How does this affect your team, or meetings you are in?
  • What is the predominant mood of your team?
  • Is it effective?
  • If not what can you do to begin to shift it?

Moods are contagious and understanding your predominant mood and that in your team will be an indication of the level of engagement, commitment and productivity.

From a team perspective there is likely to be a dominant ‘player’, so who is it?

If you are not sure what you predominant mood is try this exercise:


At the beginning and end of every day take a moment to notice your mood – write it down and reflect on how it’s affecting your outlook; your thoughts, your actions, your ability to listen.

Over the course of a week or month do you notice a pattern?

Just raising your awareness will provide you with new choices.

Managing your mood is a key task of leadership and will affect the impact you have, so set your self up for success. Choose how you want to be and the impact you want to create and if the environment you are in is not conducive to this take action to change it, or leave it.

“Don’t let people; places and things determine your moods. Take charge of how you feel each and every day.”

 Michael Barbarulo

Dawn-Bentley-1Dawn Bentley has a wide breadth of management and commercial exposure through a variety of business situations and has managed several organisations through change programmes. Having worked for major UK and Global companies in the private, and public sector, her experience has allowed her to successfully lead and develop individuals, and teams, to achieve results.

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