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Watch, there was Steve Jobs, a man with vision, pos-

battle between faith and fear. As a leader you must

itive ideas, and a reality-distortion field. In Walter

realize that your people are facing this battle daily.

Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs, he describes how

They are filled with fear, doubt, and uncertainty, and

Jobs repeatedly convinced Apple employees that

it's your job to inspire them with faith. Leading with

they could meet a project deadline that everyone

optimism, positivity, and belief comes down to lead-

thought was impossible. Time and time again they

ing with faith instead of fear.

would tell Steve he was being unrealistic and there

Positive leaders don't do it alone. They do it with oth-

was no way they could create software or hardware
in the amount of time he was expecting. Jobs' team
said he distorted their reality from pessimism (or

ers, with the team they build and the people they inspire, encourage, and lead with faith on the journey.

some would say from realism) to optimism and, time

Jon Gordon's best-sell-

and time again, they accomplished what they had

ing

thought was impossible. His belief was contagious

and

talks

have inspired readers

and, as a result, Apple became one of the greatest

and audiences around

companies on earth.

the world. His principles have been put to

4. Leadership Is a Transfer of Belief

the test by numerous

You may have thought that reality is the result of

Fortune

your circumstances, but it's really a result of your
mines the world you see and experience. Leadership
is a transfer of belief. What you believe is possible,
and the beliefs you share with your team and organization have a big influence on what you create, build,

500

compa-

nies, professional and

thoughts and beliefs. How you see the world deter-

and accomplish.

books

college sports teams,
school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the
author of 18 book and 5 children's books including 10
best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training
Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Pow-

Pete Carroll, the head coach of the

What you believe

Seattle Seahawks, is well known

is possible, and the

Bean, Stay Positive, The Garden and

Carroll said, " The world trains peo-

beliefs you share

his tips have been featured on The

ple to be pessimistic. One of the

with your team and

Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf

here is make sure my players and

organization have a

numerous magazines and newspa-

staff believe that tomorrow will

big influence on what

pers. His clients include The Los An-

Pete is saying that he must trans-

you create, build,

Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, South-

fer his belief and optimism to his

and accomplish

for his positive leadership style.

most important things I must do

be better than today. " In essence,

team. He must remind his players

er of a Positive Team, The Coffee
his latest Relationship Grit. Jon and

Channel, Fox and Friends, and in

geles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons,
west Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami
Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank,

of the power that exists inside them to create the

Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West

world outside them. He must help his players be op-

Point Academy and more.

timistic and hopeful in a pessimistic negative and
fearful world. 

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a
master's in teaching from Emory University. He and his

5. Lead with Faith Instead of Fear

training/consulting company are passionate about de-

Ultimately, being a positive leader is all about leading

veloping positive leaders, organizations, and teams.

with faith in a world filled with cynicism, negativity,
and fear. The ultimate battle we face every day is the

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