Overcoming the Blind Spot of Positive Leadership: Authenticity Amidst Change

  • Petros G. MalakyanEmail author
  • Wenli Wang
  • Steven P. Niles
Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)


This chapter argues that positive leadership that grows out of positive psychology and strengths-based leadership theories has its own blind spot, which must be overcome in order to understand the process of authentic change and workplace transformation. Various philosophical, religious, and cultural worldviews are used to indicate the interconnected and interdependent nature of positivity and negativity that exists in the physical, biological, and spiritual world. Such an honest, balanced, and integrative approach to what is perceived to be positive (yang) and negative (yin) may overcome the blind spot of positive leadership and pave the way for mutually inclusive yin-yang leader-follower relationships in organizations toward authentic change and workplace transformation.


Positive leadership Positivity and negativity Yang and Yin Change Workplace transformation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petros G. Malakyan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wenli Wang
    • 1
  • Steven P. Niles
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert Morris UniversityMoonUSA
  2. 2.Piano, Los Angeles City CollegeLos AngelesUSA

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