Research has shown that our negative experiences tend to overwhelm the positive ones, leading us to over-focus on problems. How can you fight this bias toward negativity to become a better leader and build a stronger organization?
Kim Cameron, a professor of management and organizations in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and the author of Positive Leadership and Practicing Positive Leadership, identifies some practical steps executives can take to foster positive energy among their people. Cameron describes how leaders can capitalize on the “heliotropic effect”: when you radiate positivity, you’ll cause your employees to become more productive and achieve better business results. The positive energy of leaders has been shown to increase productivity as much as 150%.