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How to Be a Positive Leader by Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Jane E. Dutton

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4Enable Thriving at Work

Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Christine Porath

Reflect on a time when you felt most alive at work. What were you doing? Why does the experience stand out? More than likely, it was an experience marked not only by vitality but also by learning and growth—what we term “thriving at work.” People experience growth and momentum marked by a sense of vitality while thriving at work; it is literally a feeling of energy, passion, and excitement—a spark.1 In this chapter, we draw on the growing body of evidence to demonstrate why individuals and organizations should care about thriving. We also highlight strategies for individuals and leaders to enable more thriving at work.

Why Care? The Value of Thriving at Work

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