Character Matters: Positive Psychology Applied to Leadership
When you ask people about what makes a good leader, you usually get multiple and diverse responses. Some affirm that good leaders were born with a “unique gift” that makes them influential (e.g., Charisma); while others affirm that people can learn to be a good leader. In this webcast, I will argue that our research suggest that the truth is somewhere in the middle: All humans have the innate potential to become leaders, but not everyone will. I plan to introduce the notion of “character” as collection of foundational personal resources that can enhance the exercise of leadership.
You will learn:
- What is character, and why it matters to good leadership
- How eleven, interconnected personal resources (character dimensions) mutually inform each other
- How the exercise of good judgment enables to tap on these eleven foundational resources so that leaders remain effective in the face of situational pressures
- Leading with character is a habit of being; as such, it requires the daily exercise of virtue.
- Character matters: The eleven character dimensions have been related to positive results for leaders, both personal and professional
- Character can be trained and developed. As such, our model provides an inclusive approach to leading self, others and the organization.