Positively Energizing Leadership

Positively Energizing Leadership is a new book out by Kim Cameron. He provides readers with a guided walk through the components of virtuous actions, relationships that create high performance, and the heliotropic effect.

This book captures my interest with intriguing arguments, thoughts, and points. I am a positive leader but never classify myself as one. I am instead a focused solution leader with motivational attributes to inspire the best in others. The basic message presented in this book is the thought “all human beings flourish in the presence of light or positive energy.”

The heliotropic effect is scientific in how plants respond to the sun’s rays. This scientific effect has not been verified in humans. However, throughout the book, explanations are provided through the use of relations energy and other forms of light and energy.

I do not want to reveal the entire book and want you to have an opportunity to read for yourself. The look at the organizational chart to training and how to hire is masterful in the thought processes. I am stuck on one piece I want to share with you and hope you will find some feedback to share with me.

In the book, an example is given regarding the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020. A comparison is made between Sweden and the United States. Sweden did not have comprehensive lockdowns as other nations. This is attributed to having a “high trust” culture. In having this level of trust, the nation had high levels of trust with each other and its institutions.

In the United States, on the other hand, public trust was described as being relatively low:

  • Only 22 percent of citizens trust media
  • 8 percent trust political parties
  • 15 percent trust federal government
  • 12 percent trust big companies
  • 22 percent trust their employer
  • 12 percent believe business executives have high ethical standards
  • 34 percent think other people, in general, can be trusted.

When high trust is not present, high levels of social control are required to ensure compliance and obedience.”

I believe the topic of trust is huge. Trust has been identified as a critical piece to every relationship. Leaders need to build trust with those they serve. I am confused by the statement in the book: “When high trust is not present, high levels of social control are required to ensure compliance and obedience.” How does this help in rebuilding trust?

I understand we have evidence of this occurring, but I do not know how this helps—having to have proof of vaccines to go to a restaurant, travel, or work? In the book, it mentions that over time trust is conditioned based on the behaviors of others. When core values of gratitude, integrity, honestly, and generosity, to name a few are present and practiced, this helps to influence the feeling of trust.

I always like to go back and read books a few times. Would you please pick up this book and share with me your thoughts? I enjoy hearing and reading others’ opinions. I like hearing all points of view.

I am looking forward to learning more! I enjoyed this book, and I know you will too! Positive energy creates an environment conducive to success. I agree with many of the points made. Great book to charge your batteries to boost your energy levels. Be the light to shine bright!

Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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