The most powerful truths are often the simplest. Just as negativity causes myriad organizational troubles, positivity has the opposite effect. Logic tells us that a positive approach has to be better than a negative one. We glean this from our experiences and the common sense we’ve acquired. Evaluations of corporate performance and culture affirm that positivity is a powerful, yet often overlooked, force that can determine whether or not an organization will thrive

Over the years, studies of corporate performance reveal that a positive culture:

  • Inspires people to have better ideas and find better solutions
  • Yields more realistic visions and more feasible plans to attain them
  • Inspires higher levels of employee engagement, initiative and productivity
  • Sees more projects succeed and goals reached
  • Does better at overcoming adversity and building unity
  • Boosts levels of employee hope and security
  • Outperforms competitors with negative cultures (and takes their market share)
  • Is more innovative and quicker to market with new products
  • Experiences improved communication and collaboration
  • Has more employees committed to success

A positive culture clearly drives performance, which translates into greater prosperity for everyone. Only when leaders embrace this concept can they make cultural changes that profoundly benefit their organizations.

Culture is established by only one person: the leader. You cannot rely on other people or circumstances to set your workplace tone. You need to determine, initiate, maintain and enhance your organizational culture using your character and leadership traits as primary tools.

Many leaders dismiss positivity as a simplistic notion, but it’s one of the most fundamentally powerful tools in their arsenal—and it costs you nothing. Nonetheless, many intransigent leaders refuse to take the first critical step toward experiencing all the benefits of a positively empowered company.