Ten Reasons Why Attitudes Are Vital in Today’s Society

Ron McIntyre
5 min readNov 17, 2023

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, having the right attitude will significantly affect one’s personal and professional life. Attitude shapes how individuals navigate challenges, interact with others, and achieve goals. Attitudes are solely within our control and should be based on a solid foundation.

In 50 years of management, I learned to hire for attitude first, even if I had to train for skills and adaptation. When the attitude is correct, the whole team functions better. They were more effective, productive, and responsible for their actions. But even with the right attitudes, there was a need to reinforce for continuation.

In society, I am seeing a rise in many areas, which tells me that we have fallen into a desire to stay in our comfort zones and attack anyone or anything that tries to take us out of that comfort zone. This is leading to walls being built, silos growing taller, or hibernation becoming longer, which is never good for us individually or corporately. This attitude is detrimental to our growth and security.

While much is being written today regarding the need to get out of our comfort zones to grow, prosper, and learn, the path continues to go the other way. It stems from the constant drive for more personal power and wealth. Many of the most prestigious gurus preach the need to control and influence to the point where people become confused. The keys to having attitudes that work for us are self-awareness, willingness to work with others, and a desire to make a difference in our world. Here, I hope to open the dialog on attitudes and how they can benefit individuals in today’s ever-changing world.

Here are ten reasons why attitudes are vital in today’s society:

1. Resilience in the Face of Adversity: A positive attitude helps individuals bounce back from setbacks and challenges. It enables them to view obstacles as opportunities for growth rather than insurmountable obstacles. When we focus on the roadblocks rather than the solution, we wind up spinning our wheels, and today, it is even more necessary to remain focused and move forward.

2. Enhanced Problem-Solving: A constructive attitude encourages creative thinking and innovative problem-solving. It allows individuals to approach problems with a can-do mindset, leading to more effective solutions. While we can find innovative solutions with the right attitude, we must simultaneously extend our thinking to involve that solution’s long-term effect. Looking at history, we have failed in the long term for too long. This must be addressed with our attitude.

3. Effective Communication: Attitude dramatically influences how people communicate with others. A positive attitude fosters better interpersonal relationships, promoting empathy, active listening, and effective collaboration. Much communication today focuses on the negative or morbid depending on your surroundings, which are a choice. We can eliminate some of this by embracing an open mind and willingness to communicate transparently.

4. Increased Motivation: A positive attitude fuels motivation and a sense of purpose. It keeps individuals focused on their goals and encourages them to persist in facing difficulties. As part of this benefit, we must also focus on our goals that involve others, not just selfish, self-centered goals, while maintaining a balance of self-awareness and self-care.

5. Stress Reduction: Maintaining a positive attitude can reduce stress levels. When individuals approach challenges with a calm and optimistic outlook, they are less likely to experience chronic stress and its adverse health effects. Have found this to be very accurate, but it also provides a clearer view of the problem and the solution because we are not panicking.

6. Improved Mental Health: A positive, constructive attitude is linked to better mental well-being. It can help combat feelings of depression and anxiety, promoting mental resilience and overall happiness. When it comes from a place of self-awareness, the benefits multiply. However, when we focus on everyone else’s input, it detracts.

7. Enhanced Leadership Qualities: Leaders with a positive attitude tend to inspire and motivate their teams more effectively. They lead by example, creating a positive work environment that fosters productivity and innovation. They are willing to empower others to emulate that attitude so there can be unity amongst the team without forcing uniformity.

8. Better Health Outcomes: Research suggests that individuals with a positive attitude may experience better physical health outcomes. An optimistic mindset can contribute to a more robust immune system and quicker illness recovery. When it comes to better health, there is also a need to have a thankful attitude, and we can do that by being conscious of what we are truly grateful for each day.

9. Increased Success: Attitude plays a pivotal role in achieving success in various aspects of life, including career and personal relationships. People with a positive attitude will likely perform their goals and realize their dreams. The key to success is understanding your definition of personal success and what it takes to be that success. If it is only money, then we may struggle or turn to manipulation to achieve that goal, so it must be a thoughtful process. Finding balance will make a huge difference.

10. Social Harmony: A positive attitude promotes social harmony by reducing conflicts and fostering a sense of community. When people approach interactions with kindness and positivity, it creates a more harmonious society. When looking at society today, we often fall back into a tribal mentality that is limiting and isolating, so finding a way to embrace diversity and inclusiveness into our everyday attitudes will allow for social harmony.

In conclusion, attitude is a powerful force in today’s society that can shape individual outcomes and contribute to the overall well-being of communities. Cultivating a positive, constructive attitude can lead to personal growth, better relationships, and increased success in various aspects of life. In a world filled with challenges and opportunities, having the right attitude can make all the difference.

Learning to embrace how to deal with change, which is inevitable in every facet of our lives, is critical to have a quiver of the right attitudes we can draw on when necessary. While we talked about positive and constructive attitudes, many others are helpful, starting with grateful, compassionate, caring, authentic, trusting, and innovative are possible additions. The choice is yours to make.



Ron McIntyre

Ron McIntyre is a Leadership Anthropologist, Author, and Consultant, who, in semi-retirement, is looking to help people who really want to make a difference.