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Innovation Excellence - Fear to Innovate

Innovation Excellence - Fear to Innovate | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
What was I doing! How could I have been so cruel and naive to not understand the differences between people’s cognitive understanding of fear and their natural resistance to having a visceral experience of it!

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Interesting article ... the truth is fear is a part of all of us -- and the culture that leaders create and foster has a profound influence on how people respond to their own individual fears to push them beyond their comfort zone.  This behavior of accepting and leveraging fear is a culture that can be cultivated in any organization.

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The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today

The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Are you a pessimistic leader? There is hope.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, John Michel
Don Cloud's insight:

Leaders exude eternal optimism, especially when faced with daunting challenges and problems.  But to clarify, it's not enough just to have a positive attitude -- it's more about shaping perspective and guiding people on what they can do to turn around a bad situation.  It's replacing hopelessness after getting knocked down with how to take the hit and then stand back up and fight.  It is in mobilizing positive action and direction that optimistic leadership works.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:53 PM

Leaders who feel their pessimism motivates employees to work harder will find it very hard to reach difficult goals. The workplace already has too many cynics and doubters. Leaders need to create a hopeful environment that inspires employees to do the impossible. These eight behaviors will change your workplace environment and help others see you as a more optimistic leader.

Bryce Wettstein's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:18 PM

This article highlights the benefits of being an optimistic leader in terms of overall happiness and motivation within the workplace. Optimistic leaders tend to receive better production and morale from their employees. This article highlights some tips for becoming or improving optimistic leadership. Their is a great graphical representation of overall leadership effectivenss in relation to optimism perceived by others near the bottom of the article.