How to Lead Teams Using Optimism and Positive Attitude - Slava Rubin

In Chapter 8 of 16 in his 2010 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Slava Rubin answers "What Keeps You So Positive and Optimistic in Your Entrepreneurial Pursuits?" Rubin shares how childhood struggles and formative experiences have taught him to keep a balance and positive attitude.  Rubin shares how positive energy and attitude - from the lowest level to highest level of the team - lower stress levels and raise team performance.

Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo empowers anyone, anywhere, anytime to raise funds for any idea—creative, cause-related or entrepreneurial. Prior to Indiegogo, Rubin worked as a management consultant. He earned his BSE degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Erik Michielsen:  What keeps you so positive and optimistic in your entrepreneurial pursuits?

Slava Rubin:  I think in any of my entrepreneurial pursuits or really any other part of my life, I think that I've been through a few struggles when I was younger, but I see no reason to add additional negativity or additional stress to a situation.  I don't see the positive value in that and I think that often people react to the way people are around them and I try to maintain a balance and a positive attitude so they can feel comforted maybe or okay with the situations around them.  

I mean I sometimes see crisis right in front of me, but that doesn't mean I'm going to go off the deep end.  It`s not going to help anybody.  A lot of the situations I'm in I try to, sometime on purpose sometimes I`m forced into it, I act as the leader or act as the motivator and I think a positive attitude really helps.  Even if you're not the leader, even if you`re the lowest level person on the team, a positive attitude can really help the stress level of the group and trying to really deliver on that really important thing.