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June 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 180

Positive leadership does not mean leading with blinders on, or being a Polyanna personality, or refusing to accept reality, or refusing to recognize, perhaps, that something needs improvement. Rather, it is incumbent upon effective leaders to approach their business in a positive, productive, can- do manner, never permitting themselves to get drawn down by the naysayers, or less than optimal circumstances. When individuals in leadership only see the reasons why something cannot be done, they put themselves in an untenable situation, because that approach almost invariably becomes a self- fulfilling prophesy. Christopher Novack hit the nail on the head when he stated, "By concentrating on the positive, we create a sense of optimism and energy."

1. During any tenure or term of office, unexpected, unanticipated and/ or unwanted situations arise, occur or come on the horizon. Those unprepared to be leaders permit these occurrences to dictate to them, and they generally either over or under react to what occurs. Either reaction can have devastating effects. Over- reaction causes a panic or crisis mentality, and generally results in the individual in leadership taking short- term band- aid type steps, which may temporarily slow or stop the situation, but does not look at the big picture. This circumstance is what I often describe, in my articles and books, as well as in the courses and trainings I have given for over three decades, as myopic leadership. Myopic leadership is looking only at the immediate and obvious situation and trying to correct it, without examining either the cause or the long- term needs. Under- reaction, on the other hand, is what I referred to as procrastinating leadership. These people often try to either run away or avoid the situation, and they act as if doing nothing will magically make the situation go away on its own. Obviously, that almost never occurs.

2. Positive leadership creates effective, proactive leaders. This behavior or attitude always looks at the big picture, while examining an organizations strengths and weaknesses in an objective, thorough manner. When a leader is positive, he attracts others to his cause, by emitting positive energy and making others feel good about themselves and the leader. This results in an overall can- do philosophy, and lets everyone search for alternatives and ways to evolve the organization constructively to better serve the needs of its members as well as its mission. Only positive leaders create an atmosphere where others want to belong and work together towards a productive goal.

While positive leaders speak of value, negative ones speak of problems. Who would you prefer to follow?

With over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience, Richard Brody has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs. He's negotiated, arranged and organized hundreds of events.

Richard's owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. His company Website is, and he can be followed on Twitter @rgbrody. For great information on many topics, visit PLAN2LEAD's Facebook page and LIKE ( )

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