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Toxic Positivity: Three Things to be Careful of as a Leader

Here are a few suggestive do's (green) and don'ts (red).

Extreme positivity is dangerous ⚠️

It can cause unhealthy and dangerous outcomes.

🛑 Minimizing your emotions or situations or that of others.

✅ Do allow yourself and others to acknowledge, process, and release their emotions in a healthy manner to help propel one forward with good reasoning, healing, and self-control.

🛑 Living in fantasy.

✅ Be in the present. Self-sabotaging can happen for a variety of reasons. One of them is when someone is so futuristic or fantasy-driven that they lose sight of the importance, the lessons, the blessings, and the intentionality of the present.

🛑 Wanting to control others with false hope.

✅ Be okay with not having all the answers. This is a leadership 101 skill and mindset. Pride comes before the fall. Seek the Lord, draw from others' experiences and expertise, and stay humble. True hope never comes from a person but from the One who created us and is Hope.

“Hope confronts. It does not ignore pain, agony, or injustice. It is not a saccharine optimism that refuses to see, face, or grapple with the wretchedness of reality. You can’t have hope without despair, because hope is a response. Hope is the active conviction that despair will never have the last word.” — Cory Booker

Here's the takeaway, toxic positivity is deceptive. Deception wouldn't be effective if it didn't have some truth incorporated into the lie. It's like a placebo. Given to its users with the promise of an actual treatment with no intent of having therapeutic or real value. We need authenticity and not counterfeit.

Leader let's beware of being the recipients or distributors of toxic positivity. Discern wisely.


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