Working with my clients, I find most to be pretty positive and upbeat already. Yet when I tell them we need to improve their positive to negative ratio, most agree without hesitation. Everybody seems to want to enjoy more positive moments.
I find this research fascinating because it was done by actually observing business teams interacting during real meetings.
For years, organizational psychologist Marcial Losada, PhD, studied the characteristics of high-performing business teams. As part of his work, he designed a meeting room to capture the real-time behavior of business teams in action.
What good are positive emotions in the workplace? This is a question scientists have studied well. Research actually points us to two good reasons to encourage positivity as a leader.
Unlike negative emotions, which narrow our focus with respect to possible actions, positive emotions achieve the opposite: They open us. Positivity expands our social, physical and cognitive resources.