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The Power of Positive Leadership

Book Description

We are not positive because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard. As a leader, you will face numerous obstacles, negativity, and tests. There will be times when it seems as if everything in the world is conspiring against you and your vision seems more like a fantasy than a reality. That’s why positive leadership is essential! Positive leadership is not about fake positivity. It is the real stuff that makes great leaders great. The research is clear. Being a positive leader is not just a nice way to lead. It's the way to lead if you want to build a great culture, unite your organization in the face of adversity, develop a connected and committed team and achieve excellence and superior results.

Since writing the mega best seller The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon has worked and consulted with leaders who have transformed their companies, organizations and schools, won national championships and are currently changing the world. He has also interviewed some of the greatest leaders of our time and researched many positive leaders throughout history and discovered their paths to success. In this pioneering book Jon Gordon shares what he has learned and provides a comprehensive framework on positive leadership filled with proven principles, compelling stories, practical ideas and practices that will help anyone become a positive leader.

There is a power associated with positive leadership and you can start benefiting yourself and your team with it today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Chapter 1: From Negative to Positive
  6. Chapter 2: Real Positive
    1. Notes
  7. Chapter 3: Positive Leaders Drive Positive Cultures
    1. Your Most Important Job
    2. Culture Beats Strategy
    3. Know What You Stand For
    4. More than Words
    5. Positively Contagious
    6. Create a Culture that People Feel
    7. Invest in the Root if You Want the Fruit
    8. You Must Keep Building Your Culture
    9. Notes
  8. Chapter 4: Positive Leaders Create and Share a Positive Vision
    1. A North Star
    2. A Telescope and Microscope
    3. Dabo Swinney's Vision
    4. Keep the Vision Alive
    5. Make the Vision Come Alive
    6. My Vision
  9. Chapter 5: Positive Leaders Lead with Optimism, Positivity, and Belief
    1. Believe It and You'll See It
    2. If You Don't Have It, You Can't Share It
    3. Feed the Positive Dog
    4. Talk to Yourself
    5. It's All How You See It
    6. Tell Yourself a Positive Story
    7. Challenge or Opportunity
    8. Shark or Goldfish
    9. Think Like a Rookie
    10. Defeating Murphy
    11. Inside Out
    12. Distort Reality
    13. Leadership Is a Transfer of Belief
    14. Lead with Faith Instead of Fear
    15. Be an Over-Believer
    16. Don't Stop Believing
    17. Your Leadership Journey
    18. Note
  10. Chapter 6: Positive Leaders Confront, Transform, and Remove Negativity
    1. Your Positivity Must Be Greater than All the Negativity
    2. No Energy Vampires Allowed
    3. Why Wait?
    4. The First Step Is to Transform
    5. Start at the Culture Level
    6. Remove the Negativity
    7. Sooner or Later
    8. Lead from Where You Are
    9. Implement the No Complaining Rule
    10. Michael Phelps's Positive Leadership
    11. Don't Be Negative about Negativity
  11. Chapter 7: Positive Leaders Create United and Connected Teams
    1. Connection Is the Difference
    2. Team Beats Talent When Talent Isn't a Team
    3. Dabo Swinney's Safe Seat
    4. Collaborate and Facilitate
    5. Don't Let Your Reptile Eat Your Positive Dog
    6. Note
  12. Chapter 8: Positive Leaders Build Great Relationships and Teams
    1. Love Does
    2. Love Is the Greatest Leadership Principle on the Planet
    3. Rules without Relationship Lead to Rebellion
    4. Communication Builds Trust
    5. Where There Is a Void in Communication, Negativity Fills It
    6. Leading by Walking Around
    7. Listening Is Communicating
    8. Enhance Your Positive Communication
    9. Be an Encourager
    10. Believe in Others More than They Believe in Themselves
    11. Help Your Team Become Unstoppable
    12. Connect One on One
    13. Be Committed
    14. Serve to Be Great
    15. Doing the Laundry
    16. It's Not About You
    17. Commit to Coach
    18. Commitment Requires Sacrifice
    19. When You Help Others Improve, You Improve
    20. Elite of the Elite
    21. Positive Leaders Care
    22. Develop Your Caring Trademark
    23. The Sandwich
    24. Notes
  13. Chapter 9: Positive Leaders Pursue Excellence
    1. Humble and Hungry
    2. There Is No Finish Line
    3. Demanding without Being Demeaning
    4. Love and Accountability
    5. Love Tough
    6. Craftsmen and Craftswomen
    7. The One Percent Rule
    8. Clarity and Action
  14. Chapter 10: Positive Leaders Lead with Purpose
    1. Find and Live Your Purpose
    2. Share the Purpose
    3. Inspire Others to Live Their Purpose
    4. Purpose-Driven Goals
    5. One Word
    6. Life Word
    7. Leave a Legacy
    8. Give People Great Stories to Tell
    9. Life and Death
    10. Notes
  15. Chapter 11: Positive Leaders Have Grit
    1. Know What You Want
    2. Know Your Why
    3. Love It
    4. Embrace Failure
    5. Keep Doing Things the Right Way: Trust the Process
    6. Ignore the Critics; Do the Work
    7. Note
  16. Chapter 12: Lead the Way Forward
  17. Acknowledgments
  18. Bring the Power of Positive Leadership to Your Organization
  19. Power of Positive Leadership Resources
  20. Other Books by Jon Gordon
  21. End User License Agreement