CHAPTER 5

Positive Organizational Climate

Jill Bradley-Geist

Introduction

Watch your thoughts, they become words;watch your words, they become actions;watch your actions, they become habits;watch your habits, they become character;watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

The above quotation, which has been variously credited to Gandhi, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others, articulates the important interplay between one’s thoughts and one’s behaviors, and ultimately one’s life destiny. The current chapter builds upon this quotation as a starting point for understanding how one individual’s attitudes and actions can spread contagiously to other people, eventually coming to impact the social climate of the groups ...

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