• Bookstore
  • Profile
  • Cart
  • Search

Press Release: How to Be a Positive Leader by Jane Dutton & Gretchen Spreitzer

Kat Engh Posted by Kat Engh.

Kat used to work for Berrett Koehler as a Social Media Strategist & Communications Manager. Now she works in the fashion industry.

Press Release: How to Be a Positive Leader by Jane Dutton & Gretchen Spreitzer

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

Edited by Jane E. Dutton and Gretchen M. Spreitzer Foreword by Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage

“Unites exciting research with surprising stories from companies around the world-everything you need to bring out enduring business success by leveraging the power of the positive in human systems.” 

- David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreurship, Case Western Reserve University

This book shares what Jane Dutton, Gretchen Spreitzer, and their fellow authors have discovered after years of studying extraordinarily effective organizations. They show that something as relatively easy as letting employees customize their jobs to fit their strengths can unlock their energy, initiative, and sense of purpose. They describe actions that build positive relationships inside and outside the organization-for example, bringing in customers and clients so your people can personally connect with them and experience the impact they’re having on them firsthand.

Several chapters explore the many tangible benefits that flow from building ethical organizations that tap into people’s innate goodness and sense of fairness. And the authors tackle how to deal with one of a leader’s greatest challenges-leading change in ways that build hope rather than fear and make your people active contributors to the change process. Each chapter features a real-world example from both well-known organizations such as Wells Fargo, Ford, Kelly Services, and Burt’s Bees to lesser-known ones such as Connecticut’s Griffin Hospital and the Michigan-based Zingerman’s community of businesses.

Because positive leadership is based on simple, inexpensive actions, it provides a sustainable way to consistently bring out the best in people and organizations. It offers a vision of leadership that is not about richness of resources but richness of possibilities.

Jane E. Dutton is the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Gretchen M. Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, where she is co-director of the Center for Positive Organizations.

Publication date: June 2014, $26.95, PB Original, 240 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN 978-1-62656-128-4