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The Secret To Be a Successful Leader

The ability of leaders to be sources of positive energy gives them an extraordinary advantage. As proof of it, they can turn around failing companies, resolve problems more effectively, and revitalize burned-out people.

The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou

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For centuries, researchers have looked for the secret to successful leadership. And although it was mostly believed that charisma, influence, and power were the main factor behind a great leader, the truth is that the answer is pretty surprising. As Harvard Business Review points out, the best leaders have a contagious positive energy that allows them to uplift and inspire others.

Great relationships are genuinely appreciated not only in the private sphere but also in workspaces. At the office, understanding each other, coming up with a solution, and having a positive mindset despite any outcome is also crucial. Communities, families, and organizations all have one thing in common: Their network is based on healthy relationships that are highly life-enhancing and uplifting. Usually, a person at the center of these networks plays the role of a positive energizer.

Their power consists of uplifting themselves and the organization thanks to their authenticity and strong values. They are in charge of cultivating integrity, generosity, kindness, trust, and gratitude within the organization. As a result, everyone flourishes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the positive energy of many people and has left a pessimistic environment behind. This could be seen at the beginning of this crisis when employees were concerned about their stability and future. For this reason, positively energizing leaders is more crucial than ever.

On the other hand, it's essential to clarify that this leadership is not related to toxic positivity, an unrealistic mentality, or empty promises. It's not about turning a blind eye when there are employees that feel unhappy. Instead, a positive energizer is someone who enters the room and makes the people around them enthusiastic, energized, and connected. Having this skill in the work environment is the key to having high-performing teams.

A study run by the Harvard Business Review's experts shows that leaders with contagious positive energy produce higher levels of engagement and enhanced feelings of well-being among employees. Something remarkable about positive energizers is that their energy doesn't diminish. While physical, mental, and emotional energy can leave us exhausted, positive relational energy doesn't require us time to recover after using it. For example, if we run a marathon, we end up tired and with less energy. Meanwhile, we rarely get exhausted when we spend time with those we have trusting, supporting, and loving relationships. Indeed, the effect is the opposite: We feel recharged.

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The ability of leaders to be sources of positive energy gives them an extraordinary advantage. As proof of it, they can turn around failing companies, resolve problems more effectively, and revitalize burned-out people.

Mastering these abilities allows leaders to catapult the employees' performance to a new level. More surprisingly, positive energizers are far high performances than others. As they allow other people to flourish in their presence, they also positively impact their performance and, therefore, the company.

Being around this kind of leader brings endless benefits to the organization and employees, including A greater sense of well-being, job satisfaction, engagement, outstanding performances, and better relationships with families. At the same time, thanks to positive energizers, the organization has greater teamwork, financial performance, innovation, and workplace cohesion

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