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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.
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.