In the modern workplace, leadership shouldn’t be transactional. Effective management is no longer just as simple as giving orders and expecting results.
Instead, a new style of leadership has risen to the fore, promising productive organizational cultures and enhanced employee engagement.
Its name is positive leadership.
As leaders themselves, business managers and HR professionals play a pivotal role in fostering positivity, and here are five crucial things they need to know.
What is “positive leadership”?
Positive leadership is a leadership strategy that focuses on employee strengths and potential. It aims to build a sense of belonging and create a culture of continuous feedback and self-development. Effective positive leaders create an environment where all employees feel valued regardless of the size or magnitude of their contributions.
- The ripple effect of positive leadership
Positive leadership isn't just a ‘feel-good’ idea - it has tangible and far-reaching effects on an organization.
As explained in a Forbes article on the impact of positive leadership, managers who engage with positive leadership tend to create a ripple effect. Their positivity trickles down to every level of the organisation, influencing employee morale, teamwork, and therefore business productivity. By recognising this ripple effect, business managers and HR professionals are encouraged to adopt a positive leadership style and create productive change.
- The importance of employee well-being
Positive leadership is closely tied to the well-being of employees.
This is because the principles of positive leadership foster a work environment where individuals feel supported and appreciated.
I don’t care if my employees are happy. I care if they are productive.
If this sounds like you, then think again. A study by Oxford University suggests that happy employees are 13% more productive on average, indicating the greater importance of positive leadership.
- The role of authenticity in positive leadership
Positive leadership depends upon authenticity and becomes ineffective in its absence.
That’s because leaders who openly share their values, admit mistakes and communicate transparently create a culture of trust within an organization. In other words, employees respond positively to leaders who are genuine and transparent.
So, business managers and HR professionals should encourage leaders to embrace authenticity by acknowledging vulnerabilities and being open to feedback.
- Cultivating a growth mindset
To be a positive leader, it’s important to embrace a growth mindset where challenges are viewed as opportunities for learning and improvement.
Leaders with a growth mindset foster a culture of continuous improvement and resilience within their teams. Therefore, encouraging business managers and HR professionals to see setbacks (which are inevitable) as temporary and surmountable contributes to a positive and adaptive organizational culture.
- Recognition and appreciation
One of the most effective ways to implement positive leadership is through constant communication of employee recognition and appreciation.
Employees who feel valued are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. It therefore follows that implementing programs that acknowledge and reward employee contributions, whether big or small, is key to fostering a positive and productive working environment.
A way to do this is through active listening initiatives that provide powerful insights into workplace sentiments. VibeCatch is the ideal platform to help you do just that.
VibeCatch empowers you to be a positive leader by actively listening to and understanding your staff
To implement positive leadership effectively, leaders need insights into the thoughts and feelings of their employees.
VibeCatch's polls, surveys, and employee feedback tools provide business managers and HR professionals with an opportunity to understand their teams better.
Take the first step towards positive leadership by leveraging tools that facilitate open communication and foster a culture of continuous improvement.
What is VibeCatch?
VibeCatch is an HR platform based on 15 years of proven research, offering you the opportunity to make a genuine difference and understand the impact that your working environment has on your staff.
Through VibeCatch’s QWL Polls, Pulse Polls and 360 Feedback Polls, you can uncover hidden staffing opportunities, correct issues and address areas of improvement for both employees and management within your organization.
Speak to our team today to see a live demo.