Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Frame for Moving into the Furture

How a leader shows up matters.

What a leader believes matters.

The leader’s ‘frame’ makes a difference.

Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader in their book: Appreciative Leadership help leaders to develop their skills and attitudes related to helping to bring about positive systemic change.  The following four attributes are those common to leaders who approach systemic change from an Appreciative Inquiry point of view.

Leaders who choose appreciative inquiry as their vehicle for positive change had the following four things in common.

1.     They’re willing to engage with other members of their organization or community to create a better way of doing business or living.

2.     They are willing to learn and change.

3.     These leaders truly believe in the power of the positive.

4.     These leaders cared about people, often describing the work of their organization or business in terms of helping people learn, grow, and develop.  Pages xvii to xix

Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization by Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader, 2010


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