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

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7Activate Virtuousness

Kim Cameron

Consider two different business organizations. One is characterized by a single-minded focus on creating profitability and shareholder value as key indicators of success. Competition, productivity, carrot-and-stick incentives, and high pressure for performance characterize the culture. This organization frequently leads employees to demonstrate selfishness, manipulation, secrecy, and distrust of their colleagues.

Another business organization is characterized by a focus on creating abundance and human well-being as key indicators of success. The work culture emphasizes appreciation, collaboration, positive energy, and meaningfulness. This organization produces social relationships typified by compassion, loyalty, ...

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