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The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

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Chapter 9Positive Leaders Pursue Excellence

People think you have to choose between positivity and winning. You don't have to choose. Positivity leads to winning.

Positive leaders care about others and are optimistic about the future, so they are always looking for ways to make it better. They are always looking for ways to transform what is into what could be. They are never satisfied with the status quo and as a result are always striving to improve themselves, their teams, their organizations, and the world. They pursue excellence, build greatness, and often try to accomplish the impossible. These efforts are not for the faint of heart. They require passion, humility, grit, confidence, drive, and an uncommon desire to be ones best and bring out the best in others. Positive leaders make their life and work a quest for excellence. When they wake up, they ask themselves, “How can I get better to make the world better?” A positive leader on a quest for excellence is significant because one positive leader in pursuit of excellence raises the standards and performance of everyone around them.

Humble and Hungry

Positive leaders are humble and hungry. They don't think they know it all. They are life-long learners who are always seeking ways to learn, improve, and grow. They are always open to new ideas and strategies to take their life and work to the next level. They live with humility, knowing that the minute they think they've arrived at the door of greatness is the moment it ...

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