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The rise of Positive Organisational Leadership

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Keywords: positive organisational leadership, leadership, positive organisational scholarship, leadership development, positive deviance, organisational development

Positive organisational scholarship is part of the recent interest in positive psychology and positive organisational development and refers to organisational approaches to developing a more positive working environment for employees and developing a positive set of thinking, attitudes, emotions and behaviours towards performance. The idea of positive organisational scholarship started in 2003 and has four key elements:

  1. Self-efficacy, or confidence in one’s ability to do something and achieve one’s goals
  2. Hope, or having positive expectations and goals outcomes
  3. Optimism, or having a generally positive outlook on the future
  4. Resilience

This research briefing will be extremely useful to leaders and anyone involved in leadership development, executive coaching or interested generally in the growing positive psychology movement.

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