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How are you feeling going into 2015?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How are you feeling going into 2015?

  • Very excited and optimistic — it’ll be a great year: 35.13%
  • Positive but apprehensive– there’s a lot of uncertainty: 46.71%
  • Very cautious — there’s a lot to be concerned about: 14.17%
  • Pessimistic — it’s going to be a very tough year: 3.99%

Gearing Up for a Better Year. It’s been tough being a leader in recent years.  There’s been a lot of turmoil to overcome.  Clearly there’s optimism in the air for 2015.  Make sure your people feel the same way.  Set clear goals and give them a vision of what your organization looks like by the end of the year.  Tie that vision to their individual work.  People want to know where they fit into the bigger picture.  When they do, their work takes on meaning and is more fulfilling and exciting.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, author of “Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results” and “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”