’This book is relevant to all leaders regardless of setting or profession and will provide the foundations for positive leadershi’
Title: The power of positive leadership
Author: Jon Gordon
Publisher: Jon Wiley and Sons
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, Operational Lead for Walsall and inpatient Services, St Giles Hospice
What was it like?
The power of positive leadership is written by Jon Gordon who has spent time researching successful leaders, interviewing them and then sharing his findings in this book. Within the book stories, practical tips and stories are shared with the reader with the aim to help anyone become a positive leader.
What were the highlights?
The author has written many successful books and this one does not disappoint. The power of positive leadership is divided into 12 chapters that all focus on individual areas that leaders can focus on. These range from cultures and visons to removing negativity and pursuing excellence. Jon Gordon has also been realistic and stated that the power of positive leadership is not based on falseness instead it is based on the acknowledgement that positive leadership transforms teams and leads to improved outcomes.
Strengths and weaknesses:
The power of positive leadership is well written, engaging and covers a range of topics relating to leadership and the issues that are often encountered. I particularly liked the chapter called positive leaders confront, transform and remove negativity. This is often an area that leaders find difficult to address and will avoid. This chapter provides practical solutions, honest feedback and inspiring stories from other leaders who have encountered negativity in their teams. It identifies that instead of ignoring negativity we should be shown to be leading by example and promoting positivity and kindness in all we do.
Who should read it?
This book is relevant to all leaders regardless of setting or profession and will provide the foundations for positive leadership. For nurses, it is a good read to remind us why leadership is important and also why positive leadership can help improve organisational cultures and behaviours.
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