Positive leaders understand how to bring out the best in people and organizations. They uncover potential and bring it to life. As a result, they lead teams known for high satisfaction and productivity.
Positive leadership is based on principles of Positive Psychology. This is not “happy-ology,” the power of positive thinking, a self-help movement, or a passing fad. It is the fastest growing area of psychology.
For the first 100 years, the field of psychology focused on mental health problems and how to remedy them. As a result, it had little to say about how to foster excellence. Positive Psychology corrects this imbalance by studying positive emotions, strengths-based character, ethical behavior, energizing relationships, and healthy organizations. It is a new science that examines how people thrive, excel, and flourish.
How can you practice positive leadership?
Here are 10 of the best resources:
- The Foundation of Positive Leadership – Positive Psychology, Adam Seaman http://positiveleadership.com/the-backdrop-of-positive-leadership-positive-psychology-part-1-of-2/
- 5 Positive Leadership Strategies, Jon Gordon http://www.jongordon.com/blog/5-positive-leadership-strategies/
- Positive Leadership: Success Without Collateral Damage, Schon Beechler, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour http://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/positive-leadership-success-without-collateral-damage-3123
- Positive Leadership Strategies : Conversation 101, Ann Whittaker, IgniteSpot http://blog.ignitespot.com/positive-leadership-strategy-conversation
- Positive leadership yields performance and profitability: Effective organizations develop their strengths, Jay R. Tombaugh, Associate Professor of Management at the School of Business, University of Houston http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/14777280510590031
- Positive Leadership Toward Reinventing Organizations, Marcella Bremer, LeadChange Group http://leadchangegroup.com/positive-leadership-toward-reinventing-organizations/
- Positive Psychology at Work: Research and Practice, Dr. Suzy Greene and Olivia Evans, The Positivity Institute http://www.ippanetwork.org/wo-division/wo-division-newsletter/positive-psychology-at-work-research-and-practice/
- Building a Positive Team: Helping Your People be Happy and Engaged, MindTools https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/building-positive-team.htm
- Practicing Positive Leadership: Tools and Techniques That Create Extraordinary Results, Kim Cameron, Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan http://www.amazon.com/Practicing-Positive-Leadership-Techniques-Extraordinary/dp/1609949722/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455631383&sr=1-3&keywords=positive+leadership
- How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact, Jane E Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer http://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Positive-Leader-Actions/dp/1626560285/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455631383&sr=1-4&keywords=positive+leadership
I have created a coaching intensive on the fundamentals of positive leadership.
The purpose of the training is to arm you with the right research and right strategies, so that you will know exactly how you can use the principles of positive psychology to gain a competitive advantage in your career, on your team, and in your organization.
In this coaching intensive, you will learn how to:
- avoid the 5 mistakes that most managers make that destroy their team’s engagement
- energize, inspire, and motivate your team effectively
- develop a highly engaged team that goes above and beyond expectations
- set the bar high without micromanaging or draining your team’s energy
- establish credibility as a respected and promotable people leader