Strengths: Your Leading Edge

Danny Morris and Jill Garrett

in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335446
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Strengths: Your Leading Edge

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The time is now ripe to build on traditional leadership development by giving greater attention to studying leadership strengths. Of particular consideration in this chapter is the question: How can individuals best use their leadership strengths to engage followers and stakeholders in order to achieve organizational or community objectives? To answer this, we will first step back and ask what leaders are required to do and then consider whether there are particular leadership strengths. Our chapter is informed by research that underpins the development of the Inspirational Leadership Tool, sponsored by Britain's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). In one of the largest known studies of followership, they asked 568 followers in the UK workplace, “What would inspire you to follow someone?” In this chapter, we review some of the work using the Inspirational Leadership Tool, as well as exploring more broadly the topic of leadership strengths.

Keywords: strengths; leadership; leaders; followers; inspirational

Article.  7253 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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