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Positive Psychology Approaches to Public Services Leadership: An Introduction to Strengths‐based Leadership

P Linley (Centre for Applied Positive Psychology)
Reena Govindji (Aston Business School, Centre for Applied Positive Psychology)
Michael West (Aston Business School)

International Journal of Leadership in Public Services

ISSN: 1747-9886

Publication date: 1 December 2007

Abstract

To readers of the popular press, the words ‘positive psychology’ may conjure up images of happiness gurus and people having their feet massaged, their heads resting peacefully on pink, fluffy clouds. But in this article, our aim is to demonstrate how the new science of positive psychology speaks powerfully to ‐ and has much to contribute to ‐ the development of leadership and the practices and processes of organisations, whether in the public or private sectors. Much of our work is concerned with the applications of this new field, and particularly with building strengths‐based organisations. A key pillar of this work is around enabling strengths‐based leadership, and provides our focus for this article.

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Linley, P., Govindji, R. and West, M. (2007), "Positive Psychology Approaches to Public Services Leadership: An Introduction to Strengths‐based Leadership", International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 44-55. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479886200700029

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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