Dr. Joe Thomas and the Power of Optimism

I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Joe Thomas speak a couple weeks ago. Joe is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel who has devoted his post-military career to teaching leadership. He is a wonderful speaker and I imagine, a tremendous teacher.

In the military, there is a term called force multiplication. The principle of force multiplication says that a force multiplier is a capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment.

Joe Thomas used the term force multiplier when he was talking about optimism. He said “optimism is a force multiplier.” Applying our military definition of a force multiplier helps us to see the power of optimism: Optimism is a capability, that when added to an organization, significantly increases the potential of that organization and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment.

As leaders, it is our responsibility to model optimism and to project positivity and hopefulness on our team and organization. When we do, we will see the power of force multiplication. When we are optimistic leaders who create a positive culture we significantly increase our team’s chances of success!

So give optimism a try this week. And see the power of optimism as a force multiplier!

Thanks for reading,


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