Every time a person stands for the ideal, or works to add a lot of others, he sends a tiny ripple of hope and crosses each other from millions of different sources of energy and daring, these brains build a current that can sweep down the mighty walls of oppression and resistance. -Robert F. Kennedy
Do you create a "helicopter effect?" Do you remember what it is? As you can remember from a long time ago, the class of science, this effect is defined as the tendency of all living systems towards what life gives – positive energy rather than negative energy. Plants lean to the light; people remember and learn faster in a positive environment; All languages have more positive words in their vocabulary than negative words. All species of life, from smaller bacteria to mammals, including humans, tend to be positive. According to Kim Cameron, Professor of Management and Organization at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, "Methods that utilize the positive tend to produce viable, flourish the results of individuals and organizations."
What leadership role do you have, both formal and informal at work, your family and other social societies? How can you apply the concept of positive leadership in these roles? What is a positive leadership somehow? According to literature, positive leadership has three meanings:
1) Adaptation of unusual positive performance – it is a performance that is significantly better than typical or expected. For example, Cameron learned organizations that went through huge downsizing, but were "positive deviations" by performing very well through and after the process.
2) Emphasis on strengths and abilities and confirmation of human potential, ("positive bias") emphasizes growing and blossoming rather than solving problems.
3) To promote the best in people and systems that are "good". While there is some cultural difference, all societies and cultures have an overview of experiences that they regard as virtuous or good. (Peterson and Seligman, 2004)
One area of development related to this is the deliberate creation of a positive climate planning. Here are some examples of questions to consider:
– How often do I express gratitude and gratitude every day to those around me?
– How often and how fast do I encourage others to do the same?
– How can I actually build an environment where blunders and mistakes are forgiven and grudges not held?
– How can I shape positive energy toward others and find and support other energy systems within my company and society?
– How can I demonstrate and encourage the public about sympathy?
– How can I encourage more recognition and celebration of success, big and small?
– Write down some ideas next to these questions as to how to improve the positive climate around you and plan to start performing one of your methods every week for the next three weeks.
– Beware of changes to yourself and those around you. What do you see? What do you want to do more?
– Set aside 20 minutes, pour a cup of coffee or tea and listen to a recent interview that is available online with Dr. Kim Cameron, a well-known leader in a positive organizational leadership and founder of the Center for Business Management in the Ross Business Area at the University of Michigan.
– Considering Cameron's latest book, "Positive Leader: Special Performance Strategies"; Read it; share it and use it well.
Cameron.KS (2008) Positive Leaders: Special Performance Strategies, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
Cameron.KS (2003) Planning and Performance. In KSCameron, JE Dutton and RE Quinn (Eds.) Positive Organizational Strength (p.48-65) San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
Peterson, C. & Seligman, MEP (2004) Features Strengths and Virtues. New York: Oxford University Press