Book Review                                Page 36

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact

by Jane E. Dutton and Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Barrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, Calif., 2014, 171 pp. with index, $26.95 softcover

 Review - How to Be a Positive Leader
In How to Be a Positive Leader, Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer provide insights from thought leaders in the emerging field of positive leadership. The book’s 13 sections, each written by a different contributing author, offer strategies for managers and leaders who wish to sustain positive environments within their organizations.

Successful leaders know that small actions can have a large impact on an organization. The stories in this book encourage leaders to see, know and act in ways that bring out the best in their people, which can lead to better task and financial performance, increased engagement at work, elevated creativity and improved resilience and well-being.

Dutton and Spreitzer have gathered writings that examine the field of positive organizational scholarship through various lenses. Each section provides useful and inspiring advice for thinking differently about leadership. The authors stress that positivity can give anyone the potential to change the way they interact with others, view their jobs and live their lives.

Reviewed by Jeff Smith, superintendent, Balsz School District, Phoenix, Ariz.

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