Positively Energizing Leadership – Virtuous Actions and Relationships That Create High Performance

Positively Energizing Leadership
192 Pages
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN 978-1523093830

This practical guide, the first to show how leaders can achieve extraordinary results through the positive energy generated by virtuous interactions with employees, is written by one of the giants in the study of positive leadership.

This book reveals one of the most important but frequently ignored factors that lead to spectacular performance in organizations. Kim Cameron, a true pioneer in the study of positive leadership, offers validated scientific evidence that all individuals are inherently attracted to and flourish in the presence of positive energy, a principle known in biology as heliotropism. Further, he shows that the positive relational energy generated by leaders’ virtuous behaviors—such as generosity, compassion, gratitude, trustworthiness, forgiveness, and kindness—is tightly linked to extraordinary organizational outcomes like greater innovation, higher profits, and increased engagement and retention.

Cameron has not written a feel-good tome about the power of positive thinking, “happiology,” or unbridled optimism. This research-based explanation shows how to achieve performance that exceeds expectations. He provides practical suggestions, assessments, and exercises showing how leaders can improve their own positive energy and increase positive relational energy in their organizations. Positively Energizing Leadership is a major contribution to the theory and practice of leadership.

Kim Cameron

About Kim Cameron (Ann Arbor, Michigan Author)

Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron is the William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. He is a co-founder of the discipline of Positive Organizational Scholarship—the scientific study of what produces extraordinary performance in organizations and their employees. His research on organizational virtuousness and the development of cultures of abundance has been published in more than 140 academic articles and 15 scholarly books. He was recently recognized as among the top 10 scholars in the organizational sciences whose work has been most frequently downloaded from Google.

He has served as Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Associate Dean at Brigham Young University, and as Associate Dean and academic department chair at the University of Michigan. He actively consults with business organizations on five continents, federal and military organizations, and health care and educational organizations. He received BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University and MA and PhD degrees from Yale University. He is married to the former Melinda Cummings and has seven children.