Attitudes are Contagious. Are Yours Worth Catching?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Feb 24, 2011 1:54 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

The post, How to Use Your Super Power for Good, states , "Here's what we know: Like the common cold, emotions are contagious. Caroline Bartel at New York University and Richard Saavedra at the University of Michigan studied 70 work groups across a variety of industries and found that people who worked together ended up sharing moods, good and bad. Moods converge. This is particularly important to understand for people in positions of authority because leaders, more than anyone, set and spread the mood. If you've ever worked in an office, you know this from experience. If the boss is in a bad mood, conflicts increase. If she's in a good mood, people lighten up."  

And, the post, Checklist for Sustainable Leadership: Do You Have What it Takes?, offers insights to integrate sustainable leadership into the organization.  It also highlights the fact that in addition to executive management playing a critical role in the success of a company, business sustainability requires leadership across the entire organization.  While management may ultimately carry the responsibility of sustainable business results, employees have a part to play in the definition and implementation of the company’s business sustainability programs.  Whether led by a sustainability executive or traditional management, a sustainable organization has many teams and key roles for individuals seeking to become leaders.   What do these posts have in common?  Leadership’s ability to make it or break it for employees, teams, departments, and the bottom line.   

According to Tony Schwartz's post, The CEO Is the Chief Energy Officer, "Above all else, a leader is the chief energy officer. The most fundamental job of a leader is to recruit, mobilize, inspire, focus, direct, and regularly refuel the energy of those they lead.  Energy, after all, is contagious — especially so if you're a leader, by virtue of your disproportionate position and power.  Click here to continue reading


Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".