Leadership and positive deviance

By William Seidman Rick and I are  excited to be working on a book about our brand of leadership. Key is our belief in the usefulness and importance — and tested success — of positive deviance. From the website of the Positive Deviance Initiative: What is Positive Deviance? “Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges. The Positive Deviance approach is an asset-based, problem-solving, and community-driven approach that enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote their adoption by all concerned.” John F. Kennedy, years before this definition was developed, said that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. We agree with this — do you?            ]]>

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