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Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification

MEP Seligman, C Peterson Oxford University Press 2004

The classification of strengths presented in this book is intended to reclaim the study of character and virtue as legitimate topics of psychological inquiry and informed societal discourse. By providing ways of talking about character strengths and measuring them across the life span, this classification will start to make possible a sci...

Cites in Google Scholar: 15469
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Strengths coaching with leaders.

P Linley, L Woolston, R Biswas-Diener International Coaching Psychology Review 2009

Positive psychology and coaching psychology share a number of common themes and fundamental assumptions. Blending positive psychology, strengths approaches and coaching psychology, our work in strengths coaching with leaders enhances both leadership and organisational capability. In this article, we explore the role of leaders as climate ...

Cites in Google Scholar: 399
Using signature strengths in pursuit of goals: effects on goal progress, need satisfaction, and well-being, and implications for coaching psychologists.

P Linley, R Biswas-Diener, K Nielsen, R Gillett International Coaching Psychology Review 2010

Objective: In recent years there has been a growing interest in research related to the use of strengths. Although results from past research have consistently suggested that the use of strengths is associated with higher performance and greater well-being there is, as yet, no clear theory describing how using strengths might contribute t...

Cites in Google Scholar: 628
Values in action scale and the Big 5: An empirical indication of structure.

C Macdonald, M Bore, D Munro Journal of Research in Personality 2008

Within this study we used self-report measures completed by 123 undergraduate students from an Australian university to investigate the validity of Peterson and Seligman’s [Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P (2004). Character strengths and virtues. New York: Oxford.] classification system of 24 character strengths and six virtues. We also ...

Cites in Google Scholar: 343
Evaluating the effectiveness of executive coaching: Where are we now and where do we need to be?

D MacKie Australian Psychologist 2007

To date there have been no universally accepted criteria for what constitutes a successful outcome in executive coaching. This has been partly a function of the range of activities undertaken within the coaching medium and partly the fact that commercial realities mitigate against controlled trials teasing out mediating and moderating var...

Cites in Google Scholar: 147
Strengths-based leadership development: Insights from expert coaches.

D Welch, K Grossaint, K Reid, C Walker Consulting Psychology Journal 2014

There is a growing trend in which coaches are using a strengths-based approach to help leaders move from fair leadership performance toward greater capacities. Although a number of strengths assessments are popular now, there is not enough research on how strengths mature in a long-term, sustainable way. In this article a multiple case st...

Cites in Google Scholar: 109
A personal perspective on professional coaching and the development of coaching psychology

AM Grant International Coaching Psychology Review 2006

Coaching psychology can be understood as being the systematic application of behavioural science to the enhancement of life experience, work performance and well-being for individuals, groups and organisations who do not have clinically significant mental heath issues or abnormal levels of distress. Although psychologists have long act...

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Effect of a quality of life coaching intervention on psychological courage and self-determination

DF Curtis, LL Kelly International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2013

This study utilised a multiple case study design, grounded in self-determination theory, which examined changes in motivation and psychological courage throughout an 8-week quality of life coaching intervention. Eight nonclinical adults participated in six one-hour tele-coaching sessions. Sources of data included a pre-assessment s...

Cites in Google Scholar: 46
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How strengths-focussed coaching can help military personnel in their transition to ‘civvy street’

A Zarecky International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2014

This paper aims to show how a positive psychology strengths approach can be useful in helping transitioning military personnel in their transition to “civvy street”. This qualitative study entailed an action research methodology, using a strengths cards intervention based on the Values-in-Action Inventory (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). T...

Cites in Google Scholar: 34
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Coaching for brave leadership: an action research study

M McLaughlin International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2013

There appears to be a gap between the behaviours of leaders and the expectations of followers and other stakeholders. This gap may be due to an absence of brave leadership. An action research study was designed for use with six leaders who undertook to help evolve and also be coached using a brave leadership coaching model. The data wa...

Cites in Google Scholar: 9
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What happens when coachees explore their strengths?

T Clifford International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2011

Recent research largely focuses on measuring the outcomes of strengths-based coaching but fails to consider coachees’ individual experience of the process. This study aims to deepen the understanding of the experience of coachees when they explore their strengths and to examine what insights this provides for the application of strengt...

Cites in Google Scholar: 11
Turning 30’transitions: Generation Y hits quarter-life

S Panchal, E Jackson The Coaching Psychologist 2007

This paper was presented at the 1st International Coaching Psychology Conference, London, December, 2006. This paper shares a research-based model of a significant life transition experienced by individuals in their late 20s and early 30s, termed a ‘turning 30’ transition. It reviews psychological and social drivers of this transition ...

Cites in Google Scholar: 24
Strengths-based approaches to developing mental toughness: Team and individual

S Gordon International Coaching Psychology Review 2012

In sport settings developing mental toughness has become a major focus for athletes, coaches, teams and organisations. The focus of this paper is on the principal ‘climate engineers’ of sport environments, namely coaches, and on a strengths-based approach to mental toughness development that was facilitated by a sport psychologist. A b...

Cites in Google Scholar: 58
The strengths of the strengthspotter: Individual characteristics associated with the identification of strengths in others

PA Linley, G Minhas International Coaching Psychology Review 2011

Objectives: The identification of a client’s personal strengths within the coaching environment is becoming a growing focus for coaching psychologists, driven in part by the continued growth of the positive psychology movement and in part by the evidence for the benefits of strengths use. This study set out to examine the strengths tha...

Cites in Google Scholar: 11
A grounded theory study of the value derived by women in financial services through a coaching intervention to help them identify their strengths and practice using them in the workplace

F Elston, I Boniwell International Coaching Psychology Review 2011

Objectives: There are several definitions of strengths within psychology, united by a common theme: strengths are what people do best and most easily. Research shows that actively using strengths provides a range of benefits, and suggests that strengths-based coaching is a valuable approach. This study’s purpose was to investigate stre...

Cites in Google Scholar: 85
Strengthspotting in coaching: Conceptualisation and development of the Strengthspotting Scale

PA Linley, N Garcea, J Hill, G Minhas, E Trenier, J Willars International Coaching Psychology Review 2010

Objectives: Many coaching psychologists use strengths approaches in their practice. The current study set out to develop a conceptualisation of what is meant by strengthspotting, as well as to identify different domains of strengthspotting. The aim was to develop and validate a Strengthspotting Scale that could be used by researchers f...

Cites in Google Scholar: 43
Coaching Psychology: Coming of Age?

A Whybrow International Coaching Psychology Review 2008

What does it mean to be a ‘coaching psychologist’? At the turn of this century, the phrases ‘coaching psychology’ and ‘coaching psychologist’ had rarely been conceived and infrequently used. Here, in 2008, we find an emergent profession of Coaching Psychology and with thousands of practitioners spread across the globe, characterised by...

Cites in Google Scholar: 106
Life coaching in the workplace

J Sparrow International Coaching Psychology Review 2007

Objectives: There is increasing recognition of coaching’s situated nature. Different emphases in coaching are being utilised in different contexts with differing performance expectations. Life coaching has witnessed rapid growth within the last five years, primarily outside but increasingly within the workplace. The objective of this r...

Cites in Google Scholar: 23
Strengths use, self-concordance and well-being: Implications for strengths coaching and coaching psychologists

R Govindji, P Linley International Coaching Psychology Review 2007

An emphasis of the coaching psychology and positive psychology movements has been strengths and well- being. This study examined two generic aspects of strengths – strengths knowledge and strengths use, together with organismic valuing, and their relations with subjective well-being, psychological well-being, and subjective vitality. T...

Cites in Google Scholar: 788
Character strengths and type: Exploration of covariation

S Choong, K Britton International Coaching Psychology Review 2007

Objective: To explore covariation between character strengths and psychological types as per the MBTI . Design: Using a survey design, the study collected data on the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths and the MBTI ® . Method: 98 adult volunteers participated in this exploratory study of potential links between psychological t...

Cites in Google Scholar: 17
Strengths coaching: A potential-guided approach to coaching psychology.

P Linley, S Harrington International Coaching Psychology Review 2006

As unlikely as it might seem, strengths have been a much neglected topic in psychology until relatively recently. In this article, we provide an historical context for the study of psychological strengths before going on to consider three approaches to understanding strengths. We locate a psychological understanding of strengths in the...

Cites in Google Scholar: 7
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The humble and the humbled: A grounded theory of humility in organizational leadership

J Austin 2013

Despite the clarion call over the past decade for greater humility in organizational leaders, little is known about the construct as a leadership trait. And, while scholars have engaged an energetic debate over how to define humility in an organizational context, there is scant evidence for how humble leaders enact humility, what enabl...

Cites in Google Scholar: 4
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Exercise, character strengths, well-being, and learning climate in the prediction of performance over a 6-month period at a call center

S Moradi, A Nima, M Ricciardi, T Archer, D Garcia Frontiers in psychology 2014

Background: Performance monitoring might have an adverse influence on call center agents’ well-being. We investigate how performance, over a 6-month period, is related to agents’ perceptions of their learning climate, character strengths, well-being (subjective and psychological), and physical activity. Method: Agents (N = 135) self-...

Cites in Google Scholar: 71
The perceptual changes in life experience of at-risk adolescent girls following an integrated coaching and positive psychology intervention group programme: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

M Pritchard, C van Nieuwerburgh International Coaching Psychology Review 2016

Objectives: The research sought to analyse the perceptual life changes and perceived quality of life (PQoL) subsequent to participating in an integrated coaching and PPI programme. Design: A qualitative approach was employed and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was utilised to analyse the data. Method: Three girls from...

Cites in Google Scholar: 19
What can Sydney tell us about coaching? Research with implications for practice from down under

A Grant Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research 2016

This paper details material from 2 presentations given at the 2015 Society of Consulting Psychology Mid-Winter Conference in San Diego, California, which presented a summary of the coaching research conducted at the Coaching Psychology Unit (CPU) at the University of Sydney. The CPU was established in 1999 with a mission to enhance the pe...

Cites in Google Scholar: 35
Model agility: Coaching effectiveness and four perspectives on a case study

C Kauffman, W Hodgetts Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research 2016

The effectiveness of coaching can be enhanced if coaches are familiar with multiple psychological models, can hold these in mind simultaneously, and are able to apply them as appropriate to their clients—a capacity we refer to as model agility. To illustrate this capacity we first explore some of its ramifications and parallels to the cha...

Cites in Google Scholar: 43
Model agility: Coaching effectiveness and four perspectives on a case study

C Kauffman, W Hodgetts Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research 2016

The effectiveness of coaching can be enhanced if coaches are familiar with multiple psychological models, can hold these in mind simultaneously, and are able to apply them as appropriate to their clients—a capacity we refer to as model agility. To illustrate this capacity we first explore some of its ramifications and parallels to the cha...

Cites in Google Scholar: 43
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Applying Adlerian Theory and Psychological Research: Integrity-Based Leadership Coaching

S Borie, D Eckstein International Journal of Coaching in Organizations 2006

An oxymoron is defined as “a figure of speech that uses seeming contradictions ‘cruel kindness’ or ‘to make haste slowly,’” (Webster’s, 1991, p. 968). Too often “business integrity” and “business ethics” could be added to that list. the purpose of this article is to define and to illustrate the role of integrity in business-oriented clien...

Cites in Google Scholar: 1
Building Capacities For Change: Wellness Coaching As A Positive Approach To Student Development

J Larcus, T Gibbs, T Hackmann Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal 2016

Professional coaching has expanded rapidly, and is becoming more common within higher education. Coaching programs provide support for student health and academic success but do not operate from a consistent philosophical position. This article articulates a distinct philosophical framework and approach to coaching initiatives for higher ...

Cites in Google Scholar: 20
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Impact of Executive Coaching on Small Businesses and Franchisees

S Whiteside 2013

The question for this research was: Does executive coaching impact the success of franchisees? Six volunteer franchisees participated in 3-month coaching engagements, where different coaching methods and philosophies were utilized, such as co-active, facilitative, cognitive-behavioral, leadership, and positive as well as other executive c...

Cites in Google Scholar: 3
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Exploring the evolution of coaching through the lens of innovation

M Abravanel, J Gavin International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2017

In this paper, we examine coaching’s innovativeness through a comparison of its approaches and methods with those of more established helping professions. Using extant literature, we consider the nature of innovation before going on to examine coaching’s core beliefs and values, theoretical paradigms, and its goals, techniques, and method...

Cites in Google Scholar: 33
Playfulness in adults: an examination of play and playfulness and their implications for coaching

R Lockwood, S O’Connor Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and P... 2017

Play and playfulness have been seminal to human culture for millennia. Twentieth-century scientific enquiry was largely concerned with their evolutionary benefits, though humanistic psychology, and later positive psychology came to view them as attached to greater human values and meaning creation. Due to their myriad forms and manifestat...

Cites in Google Scholar: 29
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An integrative literature review on the impact of life coaching on courage, fear and anxiety

J Jarosz International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2017

The demand on techniques, approaches and processes that have a positive impact on courage, fear and anxiety is very high in general population. The evidence-based and theoretical literature supporting life coaching as a successful approach building individual courage and helping with fear and anxiety is scarce. This integrative literature...

Cites in Google Scholar: 8
Coaching for health and lifestyle change: Theory and guidelines for interacting and reflecting with women about their challenges and aspirations

R Stelter, V Andersen International Coaching Psychology Review 2018

Coaching is increasingly applied throughout life and work domains as a relatively new way to support the learning and development of individuals and groups. In a research project group coaching was applied and explored with menopausal women (45 to 55 years of age). The goal of the research project was to support women in their attempts to...

Cites in Google Scholar: 15
Conceptual framework for a positive psychology coaching practice

J Burke The Coaching Psychologist 2018

The complementary nature of positive psychology and coaching psychology has long been recognised by both researchers and practitioners. The last decade saw a tenfold increase of articles relating to positive psychology coaching and even more literature attempting to apply some of the findings from positive psychology in a coaching practic...

Cites in Google Scholar: 38
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The role of courage in the development and practice of coaches

C Wood, T Lomas International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2021

This study seeks to understand the role that courage plays in the development and practice of coaches. Courage is mentioned frequently in the coaching literature, but this research is the first study to investigate its significance. Within the precepts of constructivist grounded theory, which is appropriate for the investigation of under-...

Cites in Google Scholar: 8
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The experience of positive psychology coaching following unconscious bias training: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

F Moin, C van Nieuwerburgh International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2021

This study explored the lived experience of four professionals who engaged in positive psychology coaching following an implicit association test and unconscious bias training. Unconscious bias training focuses on a human limitation, avoidance goals, and can result in defensiveness. In contrast, positive psychology coaching leverages s...

Cites in Google Scholar: 9
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Effect of Mentoring on Job Performance among Indian Millennials: A Quantitative Study

S Chatterjee, A Dey, H Chaturvedi International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentori... 2021

Millennials form a large proportion of the labour market in India. Therefore, organizations are interested in knowing how to motivate them and maximize their performance. Accordingly, this study examined the relationship between mentoring and job performance among Indian millennials. Data was collected from 122 Indian millennial mentees...

Cites in Google Scholar: 17
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