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Practicing Positive Leadership: Positive Leadership In Action—Empowerment

Create an Environment That Empowers Employees to Succeed

Positivity is the key to creating an empowered, virtuous organization that naturally attracts people. Drawing on a diverse body of research from healthcare to manufacturing, Professor Kim Cameron’s real-world, evidence- based examples demonstrate how leaders can affect organizational culture, positivity, and productivity.

Consider:

  • People spend about 20% longer thinking about positive information than negative (and 50% longer than neutral statements).
  • Studies show people are more accurate at processing and recalling positive information than negative or neutral information.
  • Central nervous system functioning is at its most effective in situations deemed positive.
  • The positive energy of leaders has been seen to increase productivity 150%, as well as support job satisfaction, well being, cohesion, and team learning.
  • Positivity increases life expectancy (6-7 years for one study and 12 years for another).

The research in this course demonstrates how positive leadership can be used to empower people to not only develop a greater sense of ownership and accountability for their work, but also to produce better outcomes.

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Learners Will:

  • Explore what empowerment means, why it matters, and how it impacts performance
  • Discover approaches to drive team empowerment, guided by case studies
  • Assess their current empowerment and leadership capabilities to define concrete action steps

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Topics:

  • Employee Engagement

Authors:

Kim Cameron

William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and Associate Dean of Executive Education in the Ross School


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