The Art of Illumination

Adapted from  Appreciative Leadership:
Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization
Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader

People’s strengths, capabilities, needs, wants, hopes, and dreams are a readily abundant yet frequently overlooked source of positive power. Generally, unrecognized and very often underutilized, strengths are a deep well of potential waiting to be tapped. Appreciative Leadership puts strengths to work, transforming them from raw potential into positive results through the art of illumination.

The strategy of Illumination calls us to bring out the best of people and situations by actively:

  • Seeking to discover unique skills, strengths and positive potentials,
  • Seeing what works when people are at their best,
  • Sharing stories of best practices for learning and standardization,
  • Aligning strengths for development and collaborative advantage.

It involves the conscious cultivation of positive dialogue, a commitment to discovering the root causes of success, and the practice of appreciative coaching to bring out the best in others.