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By @SimonCocking, review of The positive leader, see more here .

Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Jan Mühlfeit, turns the lessons he’s learnt from his years at the coalface of leadership into a “how to” guide for busy managers. Based on cutting edge research, The Positive Leader reveals how to inspire your team, get results and do it in the happiest way possible.

Discover how to banish stress and negativity, rediscover your best self and become an inspirational leader – starting now.

Inspirational leaders:

  • Target strengths, not weaknesses
  • Have a dream
  • Manage energy, not time
  • Put happiness before success

Based on cutting edge research, and with truly actionable advice, The Positive Leader shows you how.

Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Jan Mühlfeit, turns the lessons he’s learnt from his years at the coalface of leadership into a ‘how to’ guide for busy managers.

Academic studies have shown that a positive mind-set results in 31% higher levels of productivity.

Fuelling Success Through Happiness: Positive Leadership

The book is written by someone who rose high within the ranks of Microsoft, achieving great business results for his region, and along the way also experiencing the highs and lows of a stellar career progression. The insights in the book are very much from the perspective of someone who has been successful, but who has also been affected and even burned out by the experience. There are a lot of good insights into what makes a good, and a poor leader. Emotional intelligence is important, empathy, and the importance of knowing what your own metrics for happiness and achievement are. If you set your goals solely attuned to corporate performance, and achieving various life status symbols, this way burn out leads.

It’s a good book, useful, and thought provoking. One of the thoughts that it provokes is that the move towards a more gig-driven economy and self employed work for many, even potentially allied, to a universal social allowance (yes this could still be a long way off) is that it might also bring positive benefits in terms of self actualisation. Or in other words, people actually spending time on what is important to them, and what they feel passionate about. This isn’t exactly the point of this book, but in many ways it might be the logical conclusion of many of the insights he is offering within it.


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