Strength-Based Leadership Coaching In Organizations

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Author Mackie, Doug
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Positive organizational psychology, with its focus on the identification and development of strengths, is a natural ally to executive development and leadership coaching. However, this approach is only just beginning to come to the attention of organizations and consequently, the research base for strength-based coaching is in its early stages of development.Strength-based Leadership Coaching in Organizationsreviews strength-based approaches to positive leadership development and evaluates the evidence for their effectiveness, critically assesses their apparent distinctiveness, and considers how strengths can be reliably assessed and developed in their organizational context.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Carol Kauffman
Acknowledgements01 An introduction to strength-based approaches in organizations
Chapter overview
The challenges of contemporary leadership development
A history of positive approaches
What lies behind the focus on the negative?
The evolution of leadership behaviour
The epigenetics of talent
Origins of a more positive approach to leadership
Contemporary trends in positive leadership theory
Contemporary trends in positive leadership development
Coaching and positive psychology
What’s the definition of positive leadership?
Rationale for a strength-based approach to leadership development
Tools to help understand strength-based approaches
Some questions to consider
References02 Strengths: definitions and models
Chapter overview
Models of strengths
Differentiating strengths across the state–trait continuum
The strengths and performance link
Strengths overdone
Strengths in context
Summary and conclusion
Some questions to consider
References03 Positive leadership theories
Chapter overview
The origin of leadership behaviour
Positive leadership theories
Transformational leadership
Psychological capital
Authentic leadership
How do strengths link to authentic leadership?
Servant leadership
Positive global leadership
Outcomes in positive leadership development
Summary and conclusion
Some questions to consider
References04 Strengths identification and assessment
Chapter overview
What types of data can inform us about strengths?
When to use self versus other ratings
What value do psychometrics add?
Self-report strength-based questionnaires
Multi-rater questionnaires
Structured interview approaches
How assessment impacts methodology
Some questions to consider
References05 Evidence for the effectiveness of positive approaches to leadership development
Chapter overview
Challenges to effective research in coaching
How to compare studies: the role of effect sizes?
Some questions to consider
References06 Strengths development
Chapter overview
Developing professional expertise
Positive goal selection
Generic strengths development
Developing specific leadership strengths
Authentic leadership development
Full Range Leadership Development
Summary and conclusion
Some questions to consider
References07 Coaching for positive leadership development in organizations
Chapter overview
Key components of coaching for PLD in organizations
Readiness to change and develop
Mapping the stakeholders
Selecting a strength-based leadership model
Identifying strengths in the individual through MSF
Socializing the coachee to the strength-based model
Ensuring the coachee is ready for each session
Ensuring the process supports the content
Ensuring uniformity of delivery – coach variables
Ensuring strategic goal alignment
Ensuring visibility of change
Ensuring the sustainability of change
Ensuring reliable and valid outcomes and ROI
Conducting a leadership coaching evaluation
Summary and conclusion
Some questions to consider
References08 Using strength-based approaches as a leader or manager
Chapter overview
Generic issues of adopting a strength-based approach as a leader-manager
What factors determine how strength-based approaches are utilized in organizations?
Developing competence as a strength-based leader/manager
Developing the strength-based managerial mindset
Frequent objections to implementing a positive coaching approach
Specific areas that can benefit from a strength-based approach
Summary and conclusion
Some questions to consider
References09 Using strength-based approaches for team development
Chapter overview
Theoretical underpinnings
Assessing the strengths of your team
Building a strength-based high performing team
Some questions to consider
References10 The context and limits of strength-based leadership coaching
Chapter overview
Context of a strength-based approach
Horizontal versus vertical leadership development
The limits of strength-based leadership coaching
Potential solutions
Research/theoretical criticisms
Cultural criticisms
Political criticisms
Ethical issues
Separating positive leadership and positive psychology
Enough about leaders – what about followers?
Key characteristics of effective followership
Developing as a strength-based practitioner
Best practice strength-based leadership development
Some questions to consider