Role of Appreciative Leadership in Organizational Development: The Roadmap to Employee Growth

Role of Appreciative Leadership in Organizational Development: The Roadmap to Employee Growth

Madhurima Ganguly (Heritage Business School, Kolkata, India) and Mithila RoyBardhan (INIFD Lindsay Street, India)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9675-2.ch013
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This chapter discusses the concept of appreciative leadership with emphasis on the formative stages of it and the five strategies, namely inquiry, inclusion, inspiration, illumination, and integrity. It also touches upon the characteristics needed to emerge as an effective appreciative leader, some of them being optimistic, compassionate, innovative, respectful, and treating everyone as equal. The chapter concludes by highlighting the role of appreciative leadership in organizational development.
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Appreciative leadership targets on the optimistic possibilities by identifying what has been the best, what it is and what it will be. It generates positive wave which moves throughout the organization within the teams and touches all the employees. It empowers the leader to motivate, nurture and generate an appeal amongst the employees to create their own future. It shifts from one to many and from the best result of any problem with the optimistic outcome, ensuing in the transformation of people within the organization. The basic postulation behind appreciative leadership is that it believes that employees are proficient enough and can outshine in any environment. It seeks an appropriate atmosphere and motivation for creating an atmosphere of trust, which instigates the employees to perform better, compared to a work environment marked by conflict and domination. It also believes that workers have an inherent high capacity to execute and this can be realized while working effectively in a team. This fosters the culture of employee engagement. An executive can effectively create a positive culture of employee engagement that should be made-up by the determined efforts of administrators and leaders in the organization. An affirmative work environment leads to constructive result. (Chakraborty & Ganguly, 2019)

Appreciative leaders help to shape the organization in terms of flexibility, versatility, profitability, while insisting self-rebooting. Appreciative leaders have the ability to generate new ideas, be innovative while confronting team members, and sustain them subsequently. They help the team members to realize their potential while making them step out of their area of comfort to achieve the goals of the organization.

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