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Thinkers 50 Leadership: Organizational Success through Leadership by Des Dearlove, Stuart Crainer

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CHAPTER7

Where Leaders Meet the World

All the successful leaders we have encountered have a positive and optimistic view of the world. They are not unrealistic, but they simply prefer to see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty.

Positivity is much in vogue thanks to the rise of positive psychology. Now, it is increasingly being applied to leadership. Among those who are in the vanguard of positive leadership is Lee Newman of Spain’s IE Business School. He suggests a new approach to leadership designed to achieve behavioral advantage—“an advantage achieved by building an organization of individuals and teams that think and perform better, at all levels.”

Sustainable competitive advantage in the conventional sense is no longer attainable, ...

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