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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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STRENGTHS THROUGH VIA (VALUES IN ACTION)

Among the biggest contributions of positive psychology to the coaching discipline are the scientific data surrounding the area of strengths (Linley & Harrington, 2006). Although there are now several schools of thought surrounding strengths, this section will focus solely on the influence of strengths-based coaching underpinned by the Values in Action (VIA) approach (www.via.org). The VIA is a strengths measurement tool; it consists of twenty-four character strengths that are divided into six values: wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence (for a detailed review, see Peterson & Seligman, 2004). These strengths constitute what the authors would consider globally valued ...

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