• The job of the leader is to assure that the entire organization is engaged and equipped to deliver positive impact.
  • This work can be challenging in mission-driven organizations operating in a ‘VUCA’ environment that may be volatile, uncertain, complex, or ambiguous about the future.
  • Positive leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that can be especially helpful for organizations facing uncertainty or significant change.
  • Positive leadership, in essence, seeks to elevate performance by supporting people.
  • Positive leadership is not a superficial approach.  It is supported by research evidence, and it does not shy away from addressing real challenges in the workplace.

These promising practices are supported by research on traits of effective leaders.

  • 1. Be Strategic.  Always be thinking about how to optimize your organizational strategy , especially as conditions change.
  • 2. Build Relationships.  Nobody goes it alone anymore.  The leader’s job is to build external relationships that can help the organization accomplish its mission and sustain its future.
  • 3. Create a Positive Environment.  Foster a positive work environment where people are motivated and supported to do their best by applying positive leadership practices such as those identified by Kim Cameron (cultivate a positive climate, connect to positive meaning, create positive communication, foster positive relationships).
  • 4. Equip People for Excellence.  Equip people for excellence by modeling the way and assuring they have the supports they need to do their best.
  • 5. Champion the Mission.  It is easy for an organization to lose site of its mission in the chase for money and the continuing demands for change. Be a relentless champion for the mission and the people you serve in the midst of all of the conflicting forces that can pull an organization away from its core purpose.
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