At the heart of positive leadership lies the concept of positive energy. Whereas much popular literature is dominated by discussions about the toll of stress, burnout, depression, tension, anxiety, fatigue, disengagement, and fear, less attention is paid to positive energy, even though it is one of the most powerful and important predictors of organizational and individual success. It is almost impossible to be a positive leader without also being a source of positive energy.

This chapter summarizes evidence that positively energizing leaders create extraordinarily high performance in their organizations and in their people. It provides some tools and practices that have been successfully applied in a ...

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