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Toward a Positive Psychology for Leaders

Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser

in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335446
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195335446.013.0009

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Toward a Positive Psychology for Leaders

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For the past 15 years, we have practiced a positive psychology for leaders—without calling it that. We have learned that the work of positive psychology is not just to affirm leaders for their strengths but also to call out which of those strengths they overplay; that therefore leaders' strengths cannot easily be separated from their weaknesses; that frequently leaders overuse their strengths because they worry that they aren't strong enough; that a good way to allay that anxiety is to administer a potent dose of positive feedback; and, finally, that the work of positive psychology is to deal with their resistance to that feedback.

Keywords: strengths overplayed; internalizing strengths; lopsidedness; positive psychology for leaders; resistance to positive feedback; leadership versatility index

Article.  7395 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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