The Power of Positively Energizing Leadership
While there are many uncertainties when it comes to both business and life, those who can embrace change rather than letting it derail them come out better on the other side. This is especially true for leaders. Forbes Councils Member Bill Stauffer puts it well when he says, “As a leader, you need to have a strong reserve of positivity — and like a bank account, there are debits and credits.” It’s important for leaders to maintain a strong balance of positivity to keep their teams motivated during trying times.
This is easier said than done. We are bombarded with negative news, from alarming statistics about depression and anxiety to stories about toxic workplaces and leaders – even more so during times of uncertainty. When organizations invest in helping their leaders develop positive leadership skills, it can counteract this negativity and have a huge impact on employee satisfaction, productivity, and the bottom line.
Professor Kim Cameron is on the forefront of researching the practices of positive leadership. He’s a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations and a distinguished professor at the University of Michigan. As the author of 16 scholarly books on positive practices, Cameron has won multiple teaching awards, including recognition by his peers at the Academy of Management for making a major impact on the practice of leadership.
In this episode, you will learn:
- The correlation between positive practices and the bottom line [5:24]
- How to put positive leadership into practice [16:07]
- Contribution goals vs. achievement goals for predicting positive outcomes [19:55]
- How positively energizing leaders impact business outcomes [26:33]
- How positive energy is more than just a personality attribute [30:07
- Tips for turning around a toxic workplace [39:21]
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