Over the years I’ve read, observed, been trained in, or provided training on a variety of leadership techniques and philosophies. A couple of years ago now, I came across the concept of positive leadership and found that it really spoke to me on both a personal and a professional level.
Sound crazy? Think about the times that you have been the most or least motivated in your career. I’ve had both positive and negative bosses in the past. I was definitely more motivated by, and loyal to, the positive ones.
One of the tenets of Positive Leadership is the concept of strength based leadership. That means focusing on the strengths of your team, encouraging them to identify those strengths, and working to steer projects to them that support those strengths.
At HRM, we developed a process that we call Love/Hate/Tolerate. We listed all of the services we provide and then asked the team to identify which of those projects they love to do, hate doing, or will tolerate doing. The first time we did this, we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was quite a variety in the types of things we enjoyed. By knowing this, we can divide the work so that we get to “love” the majority of our work. How inspiring is that?
Interested in learning more about the power of positive leadership? Hopefully you’ll be able to join us at the KHRMA Day Conference next week, where this will be the topic of my presentation.
Looking forward to seeing you there!