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Positive Leadership is a leadership guide for the 21st Century. Research shows how leadership is changing, even over the last 5 years. Today's leaders need to be skilled at developing and building relationships and connecting with people, to bring out that huge potential everyone has, but rarely offers. This book, Positive Leadership, is all about harnessing that hidden potential within people, but in a big way. Especially by accessing the right brain - the enormous intuitive intelligence we all have.
Instead of typical problem solving, which goes on today in 90-percent-plus of everything, whether it involves medicine, education, psychology or business, Cameron urges leaders not to ignore problems, but to set abundant visions. The world is fixated on fixing problems. However, what if we set our sites higher than just "normal," with intentions of achieving something extraordinary? As an example, in another book by Cameron, which he references in Positive Leadership, called "Making the Impossible Possible," he talks about the Rocky Flats nuclear arsenal, the most dangerous place in America at one time. A major analysis, costing about $18 million, to show what it would take to clean it up, estimated 70 years and $36 billion. But through positive leadership, over 200 innovations led to much more than just a clean-up - their abundant vision was to create a wild life refuge. After only 10 years, and a savings of $30 billion, their abundant vision came to fruition.
As a consultant, I use positive leadership tools in my practice and see people achieving extraordinary accomplishments - beyond the expectations of everyone. Positive leadership is all about creating positive emotions in people. Along the lines of emotional intelligence - but a lot more focused. Scientific proof shows how positive emotions enables people to think more broadly, quicker, and more accurate - leading organizations to having greater creativity, more capable and collaborative people, better and faser decisions and a greater competitive edge.
I rated this book only 4, instead of 5 stars, not for anything wrong. I felt is was a bit short and could've provided more on this important topic that needs to receive much more attention in the business community.
A great book by a great researcher and writer. The premise of this fine book is that certain positive strategies empirically demonstrate that positive leadership produces physiological, cognitive, emotional, productivity and financial advantages for people and companies. Cameron bases his findings on emerging fields of positive organizational scholarship, positive psychology, and positive change. He provides grounded advice for leaders about how positive leadership is heliotropic—that we move toward light, warmth, and positive energy and away from darkness and negativity. A key concept of the book is positive deviance—positive intentional behaviors that produce extraordinary results, “…thriving, flourishing, even virtuous performance, or achieving the best of the human condition.” (loc 199, kindle). Positive deviance (positive organizational effects) are enabled by four positive leadership strategies: cultivating a positive climate, positive relationships, positive communication, and positive meaning.
Both of Kim Cameron's books on Positive Organizational Scholarship are outstanding. As someone who teaches and presents on positive psychology I think I've read every book on positive psychology and this book is among the best. He presents the theory behind the research as well as the research clearly and without superfluous chatter. This book is a straight forward, easy read that provides very practical strategies for how to engage in positive leadership within an organization as well as chapter preceding that define each of the concepts put forth therein. I strongly recommend this book as one of the best I've read on positive psychology.
Fantastic book for every leader. We've all had those leaders who lead by fear, intimidation, or just a$$holiness. Don't be like that. This is a book to help every leader become a leader that creates a positive organization with motivated, empowered employees who help the company become successful. Backed up by research, as if a positive work environment needs research to prove that it is good.
Kim Cameron presents the research behind Positive Leadership in an easy-to-read and understand manner, formatting the book around the different pieces of Positive Leadership. Although a quick read, the book is chalked full of valuable information for anyone interested in learning more about the field or brushing up on their own leadership skills.
I work with scientist and health care providers. and this group expects references to support proposed hypothesis. Dr. Cameron provides the references in a well-constructed methodology with easy to follow prose. I am not saying the principles are simple to implement, they take (will take) work, focus and consistent application. My next step is to have my staff read the book and ultimately my entire team.
I was fortunate enough to take a course from Dr. Cameron and put this into play in a 200 person organization. This book is a great intro with the follow on book having relevant implementation examples.