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Positive Self-leadership: A Framework for Professional Leadership Development

  • Marieta Du PlessisEmail author
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Abstract

Self-leadership, referring to self-influencing behaviours and thoughts geared towards enhancing performance, is an important tool for both individual personal mastery and organisational success. However, programmes aimed at developing self-leadership are still largely based on developing gaps in leader capability and reserved for those in formal leadership positions. Further, theoretical frameworks for the development of self-leadership from a positive psychological perspective are lacking in literature. Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to develop a positive self-leadership development framework focusing on the optimisation of character strengths; interests and aspirations; abilities and talents; and environmental strengths. The aim is three-fold: (a) to conceptualise positive self-leadership, (b) to present a capability profile for positive self-leadership, and (c) to develop a positive psychological intervention protocol for developing positive self-leadership.

Keywords

Positive self-leadership Leadership development programme Positive organisational interventions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial PsychologyUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa

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