18 Team coaching

A strength-based approach

Doug MacKie


Leadership and team development within organisations are increasingly becoming more positive with the development of sophisticated taxonomies for the classification of strengths and compelling evidence that their application to leadership development offers an augmentation effect over traditional deficit models (Linley, Willars, Biswas-Diener, Garcia, & Stairs, 2010; MacKie, 2014). There are a number of factors that mediate the increased focus on a positive approach to individual, team and organisational development. First, positive psychology was reinvigorated by Martin Seligman’s presidency of the American Psychological Society (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000), which explicitly challenged ...

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