When I completed my coaching accreditation with Growth Coaching International, John Campbell gave me a copy of Positive Leadership by Kim Cameron. Now, a few years down the track, I have just completed an online course with Kim Cameron on Practicing Positive Leadership through Michigan Ross.
Producing extraordinarily high performance, generating positively deviant results, and creating remarkable vitality in the workplace are the primary objectives of positive leadership. Positive leadership involves the implementation of positive practices that help individuals and organisations achieve their highest potential, flourish at work, experience elevating energy, and reach levels of effectiveness difficult to attain otherwise.
Positive leadership practices promote a heliotropic effect, helping people to move toward the positive. When positive practices are given greater emphasis than negative practices, individuals and organisations tend to flourish.
Three particularly important activities for promoting a positive climate include fostering compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude among employees in organisations.
At the heart of positive leadership lies the concept of positive energy. Leaders can, and should, be a source of this life-giving or positive energy. Positive energy is probably the single most important attribute of positive leaders.
One way to enhance personal positive energy is through contemplative practices such as meditation and purposeful self-reflection.
Building and nurturing strong interpersonal relationships is another key to fostering and maintaining positive energy. Strong interpersonal relationships are most easily built on a foundation of positive feedback rather than criticism.
Positive energy is a more significant factor in the performance of individuals and organisations than people’s titles, the information they possess, the influence they exert, or their personality attributes.