Positive psychology and leadership

Positive psychology and behavioural science applied to leading in the workplace

What is positive psychology?

Positive psychology is the new science of human performance. It focuses on identifying the factors that drive greatness, and on developing methods to train people and teams to thrive and perform at their best.

Positive Leadership is Positive Psychology applied to the human challenges of the workplace. Its goal is to help leaders and their organisations achieve extraordinary results.

Human Strengths can be identified and developed with far greater impact than traditional training that emphasises filling gaps and addressing weaknesses. Robust and compelling scientific findings have demonstrated that when people and teams optimise their strengths and work in a positive environment, they:

  • feel more accomplished;
  • become more engaged;
  • develop deeper professional relationships;
  • experience greater meaning in their work; and
  • accomplish extraordinary results.

 

Linking positive leadership and performance

Over the last decade, research in psychology, neuroscience, and economics has convincingly demonstrated that individuals, teams, functional departments and organisations that incorporate positive approaches are able to achieve superior performance in a sustainable way. Positive leadership results in employees who are more engaged and who derive greater satisfaction from their work. And the bottom-line results of companies that have implemented positive methods are nothing less than outstanding, delivering productivity up to three times higher than companies led using conventional methods.

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