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Dear Friends,

The approaching holiday season is often a reminder of the joys of pulling closer to family and friends. But all too often organizational leaders battle with balancing our commitments to the organizations we serve and the personal relationships or endeavors that enrich our lives.

I offer you tidings of hope. More recently, there has been a growing congruence between happiness research and leadership research, with the fields of positive psychology and leadership beginning to converge. Quite simply, we are finding that many of the factors or behaviors that make you happier will also make you a better leader.

For years, factors such as regular exercise and attention to nutrition have been encouraged for developing a healthier lifestyle, as well as benefits that spill into our professional lives. But now, so too are developing a sense of purpose, the expression of gratitude to those around us, taking setbacks in stride and most importantly, developing meaningful relationships both at work and at home. These key recommendations are shown to not only increase reports of happiness, but are also key to developing more effective leaders. Happiness, however, is not the whole story- we also need leaders who are ethical and tenacious. But it is indeed comforting to know that the pursuit of happiness does not preclude the professional fulfillment that comes with organizational leadership.

And with that I wish you a safe and happy, holiday season.

Warm Regards,

Modesto "Mitch" Maidique


Juan M. Ortiz

CEO, Navarro Discount Pharmacies.

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