Positive Leadership

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

Positive leadership occurs when people follow a person because they are inspired by the excellence with which that person exhibits the virtues that are relevant to a situation. A person in a position of authority may or may not lead, even when they manage other people, and people without any authority may still lead.


Benefit of Positive Leadership

People who practice positive leadership make themselves better, inspire others to be better, and make the world a better place for others. Positive leadership is harder and more complex than it appears at first, but when people commit themselves to pausing and practicing it, their impact becomes more positive and more meaningful, and the resources gained far outweigh the cost.

Recorded Events

The Positive Leadership Simple Self-Assessment (Ryan Quinn)

Every month, the Center for Positive Leadership offers new leadership tools to help people increase their impact…

What We Mean by Virtues (Ryan Quinn)

Virtues are standards of Moral Excellence.

Excellence in Virtues (Ryan Quinn)

When we say excellence, what we mean is excellence that deviates from norms or conventions.

Ryan Gottfredson Speaks on “The Elevated Leader”

If you want to improve yourself and be a greater leader amidst change, pressure, uncertainty, and complexity,…

It’s Not About the Coffee with Howard Behar

Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks, receives a positive leadership award from Ryan Quinn, Academic Director of…

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