Chapter 7

Leadership and Positivity

In This Chapter

  • Every organization, group, and relationship is subject to the problem of self-interest.
  • Organizations prosper when leaders inspire people to transcend their own self-interest and sacrifice for the common good.
  • At the heart of the developmental process is positive emotion in the leader and positive emotion in the people.
  • A leader's task is to help people find the image that will draw them into the positive creation of their own future.

In early 2011, when Greece was in an economic crisis, I was invited to speak to three hundred Greek business leaders on the topic, “Positive Leadership in Troubled Times.” I gave the talk.

The next day, I had a private tour of the Agora, the old marketplace ...

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