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I devoured this book as part of my preparation for giving a 2 day workshop on positive leadership to 30 senior managers and managing directors at a large organisation. It is a key reference, with both a broad and deep look at the latest scientific research on what works in positive leadership. It summarises the current state of research across the whole field of positive organisational scholarship. The way the book is structured into different chapters by different eminent researchers on different themes makes it easy to pick out pieces that are especially relevant to a specific situation. Plus, each chapter effectively blends research and application, and all are structured in a similar way, with a very clear exposition of the topic, the background research and the actions that can be taken. Therefore it's easy to see what one can do, why it is likely to be effective, and what results could be expected. I found the book really challenged my thinking to clarify how to teach positive leadership effectively to senior business leaders, and I will be using it as a resource and recommending it to others (as I already have done) for a long time.
This book is for leaders at all levels. It provides practical strategies for overcoming an unfulfilling work environment. While it easy to operate with a negative mindset while working in an environment that is not friendly, welcoming, open to new ideas, judgmental, and the negative list goes on, this book challenges reads to view their circumstances through a positive lens that allows them to work toward change. Further, readers are encouraged to view themselves in a positive light that enables them to see themselves as change agents. The application strategies at the end of the book will help leaders to implement the very practices they read about as they work to find their path to positive leadership.
How to Be a Positive Leader is a well written book. I am not a leader in our corporation, however, I do interact with several hundred accounts and am always looking for better ways to improve my interaction with each. This book is a good read. It arrived on time and in great condition.
This is a cluster of findings, stories, and ideas by key scholars in the field of positive leadership. Written for the non-scholar, this book encapsulates much research into simple ideas that will spark the curiosity of leaders. The best part is the references section that will serve the reader to explore at depth the studies upon which these findings are shared. A serious attempt to substantiate the many flimsy ideas in the corporate world like “happy people are more productive people”. This is a reference book that provides insights from forefront researchers in the new field of positive leadership.
I had the pleasure of attending the Positive Leadership course at the University of Michigan Ross Business School with professors Dutton and Spreitzer. They are wonderful instructors and their book is an excellent resource for those interested in practicing Positive Leadership. I particularly enjoy how it reinforces learnings from my class and expands my understanding.
This book is like finally finding a lost treasure. I am savoring each chapter and loving how the amazing talent who have been brought together have shared their wisdom so clearly and with such optimism for the power of positive leaders. It is like a Ph.D in a book - thanks to all the authors for sharing this gift.