Psychologist, Leadership Consultant Dr. Kathryn D. Cramer Releases 'Lead Positive'
Today's leaders face intense pressure to deliver results in an uncertain, chaotic, and high-stress business environment. Under such circumstances, most leaders fall victim to their built-in "negativity bias" - the neural circuitry of the brain that compels us to respond faster and more intensely to problems than possibilities. And when a leader is caught up in negativity bias, they are blind to the assets and advantages inherent in a stressful situation, triggering a downward spiral that brings their followers and the organization down with them.
The traditional solution to this problem is to simply "think positive." But psychologist-turned-leadership consultant Dr. Kathryn D. Cramer argues that in the realm of high-stakes leadership, positive thinking only has an impact if it ultimately influences what you say and what you do. In her new book, LEAD POSITIVE: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do (Jossey-Bass; March 17, 2014), Cramer lays out a three-part framework that will teach leaders how to approach themselves, others, and the situations they find themselves in from a base of positivity. She argues that by shifting what you see, say and do toward assets and possibilities, leaders will solve problems faster, inspire followers, react better to crises and conflict, improve organizational culture, and get better results over the long-term - and feel more hopeful and happier about the future than they ever thought possible.
Cramer is a licensed psychologist whose previous book, Change the Way You See Everything, revealed how the slightest shift in perception can yield monumental results. Her signature approach - called Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) - resonated with thousands, making the book a breakthrough New York Times bestseller and leveraging her previous two spots on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Seeing the need to translate the insights from her years as a psychologist into concrete tools for leaders struggling to meet the challenges of today's economic climate, Cramer has spent the past 30 years as a speaker, trainer, and consultant to the business community. Under her leadership, organizations such as DuPont, Microsoft, Starbucks, Peabody Energy, Deloitte & Touche, MasterCard and the US Air Force have adopted ABT approaches to developing their leaders and managing change. In LEAD POSITIVE, Cramer has taken the fundamentals of ABT and converted them into a playbook designed specifically for leaders, and those who train them.