The positive leadership approach is based on the findings of positive psychology. The goal of Positive Psychology is to increase the level of happiness in people and to strengthen oneself step by step with instruments that are tried and true. Positive Psychology does not tell us to ignore the negative things in life, but it does teach us to consciously create another way of looking at life.
By Positive Leadership, we mean a positive leadership style that enables employees to engage themselves, commit themselves and to develop themselves personally. A pretty tall order? Well, yes. In order to achieve this, people need an atmosphere where they can systematically capture, utilize and develop their strengths. An atmosphere where they get the chance as often as possible to test their limitations, to stretch their boundaries; an atmosphere where they can pursue a (corporate) vision with skill/ability and enthusiasm. In addition to this, employee participation – material and immaterial –along with a high degree of freedom to make independent decisions are of utmost importance.
When you’ve got all this, then you’ve got employees who identify with not only what they are doing, but also with the company. Then you’ve got employees who are being productive and having fun at work. Then you’ve got engaged employees.
The Positive Leadership Approach consists of four elements:
- We deploy the „Flow Approach“ by C. Csikszentmihalyi as well as our measuring tool „Positive Challenge Indicator“ (PCI) in order to achieve an augmentation of commitment and a balance of skills and workplace requirements.
- For developing talents, we utilize the basic approach of strengths orientation by M. Seligman together with the Clifton StrengthsFinder instrument as well as our Positive Strengths Coaching (PSC).
- For the development of a motivating vision, we apply the “Built to Last” approach by J. Collins and J. Porras in combination with our measuring tool “Positive Vision Indicator” (PVI).
- We use the Grid Approach by R. Blake and J. Mouton for team building measures.