How Will You Choose to Lead? Three Leadership Principles and Practices for Net-Positive OD Impacts

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Article Abstract:

Conceptualizing the field of Organizational Development (OD) and the work we do within it as acts of leadership, this article proposes that we bring specific attention and intention as leaders toward the creation of a world of full spectrum flourishing. The term Net Positive OD Leadership is introduced to denote the intentional act of influencing organizations and communities to collaboratively develop their system-wide capacity for the effectiveness and vitality of every stakeholder it touches, including employees, suppliers, communities, customers, and even future generations and the planet itself. Drawing upon the inspirational work that emerged at the 2023 International ODN Summit, three guiding principles coupled with three specific micro-level daily leadership practices are outlined as a primary framework for Net Positive OD Leadership.

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