Attitudes at work are simply personal orientations toward a particular person or thing. But some are bigger than others. (By “bigger” I am specifically referring to attitudes at work and their corresponding behavioral impact. This may be different from other characteristics of attitudes at work that could be considered “big” (i.e., more emotional, more common, more difficult to elicit, etc.) One in particular has reigned as my favorite attitude much longer than most “favorites” (i.e., food, song, place, etc.).
For one, it’s a very strong predictor.
Optimism is a near pre-requisite for achievement. And the opposite is also true. To state it bluntly,
I’ve never met a pessimistic over achiever.