Executive Leadership: the Power of Positivity

At Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching (ILEC), we talk a lot about the assessment and transformation of corporate culture, which has an intrinsic value in supporting the organization’s primary operating imperatives. But to what degree does the power of positivity come into play in such an undertaking? As it turns out, positivity among our executive leaders appears to have a profound effect on employee levels of morale, enthusiasm, and attitude – all of which contribute to maintaining a productive environment.

If you’re in a leadership position, here’s what positivity means – and the effect it can have on others as you strive to maintain a vibrant, inclusive, and open company culture.

It Starts with Senior Leadership

Across the diverse trade industry landscape, corporate cultures are continually recognized and celebrated for achieving harmony and organizational success. We see it often in the form of “Best Places to Work in 2022” and “Best Boss” rankings. The individuals and organizations who’ve earned a spot on these prestigious lists have spent years – even decades – building their reputations and cultures to become worthy of honors such as these. In nearly every case, this deservedness certainly didn’t happen overnight. Earning recognition as one of the best places to work has a lot to do with positivity – because positivity is contagious. Leaders who set the example from the top will likely see a similar attitude permeate the workforce.

Productivity is at Stake

Executive leaders who exhibit the power of positivity in their organizations tend to have workforces eager to go above and beyond what’s necessary to get the job done. Positive people have the innate ability to motivate others, but those who rule by fear and suspicion rarely inspire greatness. At stake is the very productivity of workforces everywhere.

Consensus Building

Leaders who exhibit an admirable level of positivity can naturally build coalitions, essential to achieving team success. Positive people naturally attract others, who tend not to need extra convincing to buy into their vision and plan for success. It’s optimism that supports those willing to go the extra mile, making it easy for an organization to follow this momentum as a group, ready to tackle problems together and find solutions.

To witness the stark difference in leadership styles, the opposing leaders of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict offers us quite the contrast. Throughout the invasion of his country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has projected a resolute and unwavering image in which he uses the power of his positive thinking to inspire his people and build a unified coalition to oppose an unjust war. Juxtapose this with Russian President Vladimir Putin, one has historically presented himself in a cold, calculating, and intimidating persona. Were these two men the leaders of Fortune 500 companies in America, and you had competing job offers, who would you rather work for?

Scott Johnson is a master certified ILEC coach with Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching (ILEC), the world’s No. 1 executive coaching platform dedicated to growing tomorrow’s leaders through organizational transformation.  In assessing and transforming company cultures, Scott works with organizations of all sizes – from Fortune 1000 organizations to small to mid-sized global entrepreneurial companies. He uses a proven blueprint and philosophy designed to build strong, vibrant organizations. If you  truly want to become a better leader that others want to follow, or if your company is ready to reach peak performance, then reach out to Scott for an introductory discovery call.


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