Chapter 12Lead the Way Forward

The best is yet to come.

In this book I've shared stories of positive leaders who have transformed their teams and organizations and changed the world. I've also shared examples of positive leaders who are changing the world as we speak. In a world where there seems to be more negativity than ever, what gives me hope is that every week I meet and hear from new and emerging positive leaders. They remind me that we don't have to settle for the status quo and allow negative situations and circumstances to continue and exist. We don't have to be stuck in a negative rut. We don't have to allow negativity to rule our lives and our teams. Today we can decide to address problems, find solutions, and find a way forward. I don't know how old you are, where you are from, or anything about your career, experience, title, challenges, or how many people you lead, but I do know that today you can be the positive leader you were born to be. People often ask me if leadership is nature or nurture. Are you born a leader or can you develop into a leader? I believe you have everything you need inside you to be a positive leader. Life and circumstances don't make you into a leader. They reveal the leader you already are.

You don't have to change jobs to be a positive leader. You can be like Tanya Walters, who was a school bus driver in Los Angeles. I met her while speaking in California. One day, after realizing that most of her students were failing in school, Tanya ...

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