The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship. 2014 Jan 01 20(1):113-114
Book review, positive leadership, and Asset Based Thinking
In Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Do, and Say, author Kathryn Cramer teaches us about the value of focusing our thoughts and energies on the positive aspects of a given situation or challenge. She teaches the fundamentals of Asset Based Thinking (ABT) and how, if practiced effectively, it can change the way we approach difficult and challenging situations both at work and home. In the beginning of the book she explains how humans have developed the tendency to be more focused on the negative than the positive. While focusing on the negative aspect of a problem can allow us to solve the problem at the same time it truly prevents us from seeing the opportunities that often exist when facing a challenging situation. The book uses findings from the scientific fields of neuroscience and cognitive and social psychology to explain how our thoughts direct our actions and stimulate specific regions of our brain. When you perform a leadership act, the same neurons fire in your brains as in your team members. This truly put in perspective for me the importance of positive thinking.