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Positive Leadership

11/28/2017
Seek The Truth Blog

Positive Leadership:

When a former member of a religious cult begins to examine their lives, one of the first things they notice is how negative they had become while under cult oppression. It was not noticeable in the group; many in the group shared the same outlook on life. In fact, many former members would have described themselves as highly optimistic while in the cult. After escaping, however, a large number of them would admit that they had a large amount of negativity. This, in of itself, can be depressing, because it can feel like personal failure. It takes time before former members realize that their level of negativity was driven by the central figure.

Good leaders are strong motivators, and they drive people to reach positive outlook. The best leaders are self-motivators, inspiring people to become optimistic enough to lead themselves. When followers introduce pessimism, good leaders respond by charging followers with positive energy. Positivity is contagious, and it spreads like wildfire through an organization.

Cult leaders, on the other hand, are strong motivators in the opposite direction. While convincing people they support a positive effort, they reinforce that effort with negative energy. Religious cult leaders promote their deity by focusing the attention of cult followers to the many things they are against or do not permit. When cult members are subjected to this negative energy for extended periods of time, their perspective shifts to align with the leader's intention. Mimicking the leader, cult members feel "optimistic" by proclaiming the many things they do not like, do not enjoy, or do not permit.

Recognizing the difference is the first step in healing from an altered view of leadership. Former cult members must not only recognize new leaders charging their team with positive energy, they must become a conduit for that energy to flow. Doing so will improve many other aspects of their lives, and accelerate healing.