Negativity and discord have reached historic levels in our culture. Most aspects of our lives are widely affected by worsening attitudes, constant complaints and pessimistic mindsets. Like a virus, they spread easily, even when unwarranted. It impacts families, communities, institutions and workplaces.
Leaders miss negativity issues unless they’re close to day-to-day operations. They fail to appreciate the drain negativity causes—and when they finally take notice, they often implement the wrong remedies. This response cascade is guaranteed to make matters worse. Turnover rises, projects fail to hit their goals, and productivity falls short of expectations.
Positivity has the opposite effect. But as Jon Gordon notes in The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World (Wiley, 2017), simple positivity is insufficient. Being positive, while also being effective, is required. Only when leaders embrace this concept can they make cultural changes that profoundly benefit their organizations.
This article explores the power of positivity, and suggests ways leaders can overcome negativity and improve productivity by leading powerfully through positivity.
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- The power of positivity
- Making the crucial decisions
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