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Key Idea 

The positive leader focuses on the strengths of each person in the organization as well as the strengths of the organization itself. The positive leader creates a culture where inspiration and positive emotion energizes the entire enterprise, with the results being a level of organizational achievement and accomplishment beyond normal expectations.

Book to Read

Positive Leadership by Kim Cameron (2008)

Quick Take from the Book

Cameron emphasizes four strategies of positive leadership:

  1. Cultivating a positive climate (caring for people, habits of gratitude).
  2. Developing positive relationships (supporting, motivating, altruistic).
  3. Using positive communication (appreciating, supporting, focusing on the problem).
  4. Generating positive meaning (providing purpose and a calling beyond the self).

Quote of Note

"Positive leadership refers to an emphasis on what elevates individuals and organizations (in addition to what challenges them), what goes right in organizations (in addition to what goes wrong), what is life-giving (in addition to what is problematic or life-depleting), what is experienced as good (in addition to what is objectionable), what is extraordinary (in addition to what is merely effective), and what is inspiring (in addition to what is difficult or arduous). Positive leadership means promoting outcomes such as thriving at work, interpersonal flourishing, virtuous behaviors, positive emotions, and energizing networks."

Related Styles:  Primal Leadership, Resonant Leadership, Appreciative Leadership