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Lead Positive. What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do

  • ID: 2638556
  • Book
  • April 2014
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Lead Positive

"Lead Positive gives leaders a playbook for how to be courageous, resilient, and optimistic as they spearhead positive change."
JOHN C. MAXWELL, bestselling author and speaker

"In Lead Positive, Cramer has captured the secret to great leadership: the actions and words, based on positive thinking and integrity, that bring out the best in everyone around us. Instead of process and strategies, she shines the spotlight on what we can do and say to engage and create a truly cohesive workforce that is up to any challenge. Lead Positive is a valuable, original contribution to leadership thinking and learning with case studies that are original, on–point, and enlightening. Brilliant!"
MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, author, New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won t Get You There

"Lead Positive takes you on a transformative journey from problem to possibility and from fear to success. Read this book if you want to transform your thinking, transform your leadership, and transform your life!"
KEVIN CASHMAN, senior partner, CEO & executive development, Korn/Ferry International, and author, Leadership from the Inside Out and The Pause Principle

"Lead Positive is an authentic conversation about the thoughts and actions that create collaborative leadership. It embodies leadership that cultivates and encourages others. This is a must–read for those who believe that acknowledgment, appreciation, and alignment can create meaningful action and results."
JIM CANFIELD, chief executive officer, Renaissance Executive Forums

"Don t be fooled by the title Cramer′s book is not some kumbaya leadership treatise. Lead Positive is a brilliant manifesto for how readers can reframe their thinking, messaging, and behavior to be more effective at motivating and inspiring the people they lead."
MICHAEL FEINER, former chief people officer of PepsiCo; professor, Columbia University School of Business; and author, The Feiner Points of Leadership

"These days, it′s all too easy for leaders to hunker down into defensiveness, negativity, and fear. Cramer offers a simple, powerful approach to shifting your thinking and your actions as a leader toward what s working and what′s possible, making yourself the kind of leader people will be inspired to follow through thick and thin."
ERIKA ANDERSEN, founder and partner, Proteus, and author, Leading So People Will Follow and Being Strategic

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Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Lead Positive 1
Reframe problems as possibilities and appeal to a higher sense of purpose

PART 1 – What Highly Effective Leaders See
Zero in on what is working, strong, and possible

Chapter 1: What You See Is What You Get 11
Widen your perspective beyond the negative

Chapter 2: Focus on the Past 35
Honor the past for what it can teach you

Chapter 3: Focus on the Present 53
See and seize the emerging opportunities in any situation

Chapter 4: Focus on the Future 64
Envision a future worth diving into

PART 2 – What Highly Effective Leaders Say
Speak to the mind, heart, and spirit

Chapter 5: From See to Say 85
Make what you see match what you want to say

Chapter 6: Say It with Substance 93
Leave no doubt about the credibility of your message

Chapter 7: Say It with Sizzle 108
Tell rich stories that invite your audience to feel

Chapter 8: Say It with Soul 135
Mean what you say (and say something meaningful)

PART 3 – What Highly Effective Leaders Do
Start a positive ripple effect

Chapter 9: From Say to Do: It s a Very Short Trip 163
Set the example for what you want others to see, say, and do

Chapter 10: Reactive or Responsive: It s Up to You 169
Make your adrenaline work for you

Chapter 11: Start Being Before You Start Doing 182
Strengthen the link between who you are and what you do

Chapter 12: Driving Positive Change 200
Practice the seven key behaviors for transformational change

Chapter 13: The Asset–Based Leadership Advantage 217
Apply the See–Say–Do framework to every stage of the change process

Conclusion: Your Lead Positive Hero s Journey 238
Use what you already know how to do in the moment and over time

Notes 240

About the Author 247

Index 249

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Kathryn D. Cramer
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