In today's fluctuating VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) economies, leaders are under immense pressure to deliver desired results. The need for positive, and effective leadership has never been greater, but what makes a leader truly effective and positive at the same time? Positive Leadership is a proprietary leadership strategy to help organisations and leaders at all levels excel under pressure.
At the heart of Positive Leadership is a shared purpose that brings people together and empowers them to lead in a way that creates value for all stakeholders. Those who embrace Positive Leadership are authentic and passionate individuals whose work is shaped by a strong, 'values-based' foundation. Research has shown that organisations that are 'value-driven' fundamentally increase their prospects of high performance.
There are eight fundamental principles of Positive Leadership that help leaders achieve this high performance:
Positive Leadership is a process of commitment to continuous growth, it is a choice, an act of the mind and the will. It is a continual commitment that individuals make to themselves, repeatedly. Leaders who choose Positive Leadership as an attitude understand that it is not a one-time decision, but a daily commitment to being the best they can be.
Positive Leadership development necessitates that organisations and those within the organisation have values, ideals, standards, and integrity. The source of energy comes from these values and allows individuals to lead by example in a way that inspires others. When leaders are guided by strong values, they create a culture of trust and respect that motivates others to follow their lead.
Those within a Positive Leadership culture show great fortitude, development of character and depth of capabilities. Positive Leadership™ recognises that winning generates momentum, but character sustains it. When leaders focus on developing their own character, they create a culture of excellence that inspires others to do the same.
Positive Leadership mindset is about to having a clear sense of purpose, for one’s self and for their organisation. With a clear sense of purpose, they can set goals and develop skills aligned with that purpose. Leaders who are clear about their purpose are better able to inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals.
Positive Leadership culture enables leaders to set direction by creating a compelling vision for the future. By focusing on the needs of their customers and stakeholders, leaders can create a shared vision that inspires and motivates their teams.
Positive Leadership mindset requires leaders to demonstrate personal character, including integrity, habits, trust, and analytical thinking. When leaders embody these qualities, they create a culture of excellence that inspires others to do the same.
Positive Leadership creates an enabling environment for leaders to mobilise individual commitment by engaging, inspiring, and influencing others. Leaders who are able to connect with their teams on a personal level can inspire them to achieve their goals and create a culture of high performance.
Positive Leadership is an attitude with a commitment to create a culture of excellence by recognising and rewarding success. When leaders celebrate the achievements of their teams, they create a culture of positivity and high performance that inspires others to do their best work.
In conclusion, Positive Leadership is a powerful strategy for achieving high performance in today's fast-paced business environment. By embracing the eight fundamental principles of it, leaders can create a culture of excellence that inspires and motivates their teams to achieve their goals and create long-term commercial and social sustainability. Positive Leadership is not just a leadership strategy, it's a way of life that requires a continual commitment to being the best you can be.