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Positive Leadership

Three ways to work better together

Great Work Cultures | Posted 09.15.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

By: Chris White, managing director of the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations Are you looking for research-based ways to incr...

How to motivate people? Don't do it yourself.

Great Work Cultures | Posted 08.09.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Illustration: KUO CHUN HUNG/ By: Chris White, managing director of the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations ...

Could Your Calling Be All Around You?

Great Work Cultures | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Image source: Deposit Photos Today, students and professionals are hungering for purpose. Rarely a day goes by without experiencing some manifestatio...

The Four Vital Levers to Sell Your Ideas Internally

Great Work Cultures | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

By: Chris White, managing director of the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations Photo: Yevhenii Chornii There is a huge opportu...

Four Ways to Create a Giver Culture at Work

Great Work Cultures | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Image credit: Trifon Kolev Imagine coming to work each morning feeling cared for and supported as a professional—and as a human being. When you nee...

4 Leverage Points for Being a Positive Leader

Great Work Cultures | Posted 04.13.2017 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When meeting with leaders from organizations interested in building positive organizations, one question recurs more often than the others: "where do we start?" As a manager myself, I can certainly relate to this. Good advice is seemingly limitless. Help to put it all together, however, is in short supply.

Bringing Out Our Worst, or Our Best?

Bill George | Posted 03.23.2017 | Business
Bill George

Weak leaders focus on all the things that are going wrong. Great leaders like Alan Mulally bring out the best in us. The most effective leaders apply the principles of positive psychology, ensuring their interactions with employees contain a healthy balance of positive and constructive feedback.

5 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity, Courage, and Creativity in the Workplace

Todd Kashdan | Posted 10.21.2016 | Business
Todd Kashdan

Something is killing curiosity in the American workplace -- and if nothing is done to reverse the trend, the real casualty will be innovation.

Lessons from Amazon about the Importance of Thriving at Work

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Paula Davis-Laack

Simply using the word "together" can have a profound impact on how work teams operate. New research by Priyanka Carr and Gregory Walton shows that using social cues that signal an invitation for folks to work together can fuel intrinsic motivation even when people work alone.

Why Positive Leaders Invest In Gratitude & Forgiveness

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.22.2016 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

As a leader what virtues do you encourage in your team? Could a more virtuous approach be the competitive differentiator that enables your organization to flourish?

How Do Positive Leaders Build Positive Identities?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Cultivating positive identities isn't just about inflating people's sense of self-worth, rather it's helping them identify the personal characteristics that help them operate at their best, in ways that are also valued by others.

5 Ways to be a More Positive Leader

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

As one CEO recently asked me: "Where's the roadmap to becoming a positive leader?" It's a great question and at present researchers are still exploring exactly what such a road map might look like.

3 Ways You Can Be a More Positive Leader

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

What kind of leader are you? No matter what your job title says, each of us have the ability to consistently bring out the best -- or the worst -- in other people around us. So how does the way you show up, impact others around you?

Ladies, Is a Lack of Confidence Holding Your Career Back?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 08.16.2014 | Women
Michelle McQuaid

Confidence is what allows you to start acting and risking and failing, to stop mumbling and apologizing and hesitating.

Redefining Success for Women: The Third Metric of Leadership

Megan Dalla-Camina | Posted 05.26.2014 | Women
Megan Dalla-Camina

It's time women embrace their inherently unique and authentic qualities, rather than trying to dumb them down, stamp them out or repress them in order to fit the required leadership mold.

5 Ways Leaders Can Use the Third Metric to Improve Employee Happiness

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

How can investing in employee wellbeing and happiness have such a significant effect on the bottom line?

5 Lessons I Learned From Cool Bosses

HelloGiggles | Posted 04.24.2012 | Women

If you are a nice person, being someone's boss is one of the hardest things in the world. Perhaps managing people is no easier when you're an assha...