Leadership pt 2 (Your Strengths & Positive Psychology)

Welcome to Leadership Part 2. How did you go with your questions in part 1?

I am really excited to share this you. I just finished doing my ‘Character Strengths’ survey at www.authentichappiness.org which is something I highly recommend for you to do also. It will take you about 15 to 20 minutes to answer the questions and receive your top 5 ‘Character Strengths’.

To be an effective leader (remembering from the last blog that YOU are a leader) you need to know and understand your strengths. To help you to gain a stronger understanding of your strenghts I encourage you to do the survey (it’s free – there is no cost) and to also purchase the book Flourish which is written by the creator of Positive Psychology and the survey.

I discovered the website in reading a book on Positive Psychology by Martin E.P. Seligman, titled Flourish. See the bottom of this blog for more on Dr Seligman, but in short Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states, such as happiness, strength of character and optimism.

Have fun with the survey – if you tell me yours I will tell you mine  🙂


p.s. Dr Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D. The new era of positive psychology TED Talk (more than 1.65 million people have watched it)

p.p.s. Dr Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., is one of the most widely know psychologists of our time. He has spent over 40 years working on the issues of depression, optimism and pessimism. His ‘learned helplessness’ theory is one of the most influential psychology theories of last century, shedding light on problems such as depression, child abuse and domestic violence.

In 1996, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association, by the largest vote in modern history. Since 2000, his main mission has been the promotion of the field of positive psychology.

Dr Seligman is currently working with the US Government on wellbeing and resilience for the whole armed forces, focusing on the use of positive psychology to combat post-traumatic stress and suicide rates. He has worked with both the US and UK governments in education settings. He continues to have a strong focus on training psychologists in positive psychology – individuals whose practice can make the world a happier place, in a way that parallels clinical psychologists having made the world a ‘less unhappy’ place.


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