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The Power of Positive Leadership


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1 From Negative to Positive 1 2 Real Positive 7 3 Positive Leaders Drive Positive Cultures 13 Your Most Important Job 16 Culture Beats Strategy 17 Know What You Stand For 19 More than Words 21 Positively Contagious 22 Create a Culture that People Feel 23 Invest in the Root if You Want the Fruit 24 You Must Keep Building Your Culture 26 4 Positive Leaders Create and Share a Positive Vision 29 A North Star 32 A Telescope and Microscope 34 Dabo Swinney's Vision 34 Keep the Vision Alive 38 Make the Vision Come Alive 38 My Vision 40 5 Positive Leaders Lead with Optimism, Positivity, and Belief 45 Believe It and You'll See It 50 If You Don't Have It, You Can't Share it 51 Feed the Positive Dog 51 Talk to Yourself 52 It's All How You See It 53 Tell Yourself a Positive Story 54 Challenge or Opportunity 56 Shark or Goldfish 56 Think Like a Rookie 57 Defeating Murphy 59 Inside Out 59 Distort Reality 60 Leadership Is a Transfer of Belief 61 Lead with Faith Instead of Fear 63 Be an Over-Believer 64 Don't Stop Believing 66 Your Leadership Journey 67 6 Positive Leaders Confront, Transform, and Remove Negativity 69 Your Positivity Must Be Greater than All the Negativity 72 No Energy Vampires Allowed 73 Why Wait? 74 The First Step Is to Transform 75 Start at the Culture Level 75 Remove the Negativity 77 Sooner or Later 77 Lead from Where You Are 79 Implement the No Complaining Rule 79 Michael Phelps's Positive Leadership 82 Don't Be Negative about Negativity 83 7 Positive Leaders Create United and Connected Teams 85 Connection Is the Difference 88 Team Beats Talent When Talent Isn't a Team 91 Dabo Swinney's Seat 93 Collaborate and Facilitate 94 Don't Let Your Reptile Eat Your Positive Dog 95 8 Positive Leaders Build Great Relationships and Teams 99 Love Does 101 Love Is the Greatest Leadership Principle on the Planet 103 Rules without Relationship Lead to Rebellion 104 Communication Builds Trust 104 Where There Is a Void in Communication, Negativity Fills It 106 Leading by Walking Around 108 Listening Is Communicating 110 Enhance Your Positive Communication 110 Be an Encourager 113 Believe in Others More than They Believe in Themselves 114 Help Your Team Become Unstoppable 115 Connect One on One 117 Be Committed 118 Serve to Be Great 119 Doing the Laundry 120 It's Not About You 123 Commit to Coach 124 Commitment Requires Sacrifice 125 When You Help Others Improve, You Improve 126 Elite of the Elite 127 Positive Leaders Care 128 Develop Your Caring Trademark 129 The Sandwich 133 9 Positive Leaders Pursue Excellence 135 Humble and Hungry 137 There Is No Finish Line 139 Demanding without being Demeaning 139 Love and Accountability 140 Love Tough 143 Craftsmen and Craftswomen 144 The One Percent Rule 145 Clarity and Action 146 10 Positive Leaders Lead with Purpose 149 Find and Live Your Purpose 153 Share the Purpose 155 Inspire Others to Live Their Purpose 155 Purpose Driven Goals 156 One Word 159 Life Word 160 Leave a Legacy 161 Give People Great Stories to Tell 162 Life and Death 164 11 Positive Leaders Have Grit 167 Know What You Want 171 Know Your Why 171 Love It 172 Embrace Failure 173 Keep Doing Things the Right Way: Trust the Process 174 Ignore the Critics; Do the Work 175 12 Lead the Way Forward 177 Notes 189 Acknowledgments 191 Bring the Power of Positive Leadership to Your Organization 193 Power of Positive Leadership Resources 194 Other Books by Jon Gordon 195

About the Author

JON GORDON is the author of numerous bestselling books and his inspirational talks have motivated audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by countless Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, sports teams, and nonprofits. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at JonGordon.com or on Twitter @JonGordon11.


"...full of proven principles, interesting stories and practical ideas, which makes it a must-read for anyone who wants to become a positive leader." (The Association of MBA's, June 2017) "well written, engaging and covers a range of topics relating to leadership and the issues that are often encountered" (Nursing Times, April 2018)

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