Leadership Development CoP: Strengths-based Leadership

  • 27 Feb 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • C2 Technologies, Inc. 1921 Gallows Rd., Suite 1000 Vienna, VA 22182


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Strengths-based leadership is an outgrowth of “positive psychology,” which has a research focus on the optimal functioning of human beings, i.e., courage, resilience, and wisdom. By contrast, traditional psychology is mainly concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. In the workplace, we have been conditioned to approach employee development by looking for what is lacking in people (attitudes, behaviors, skills, etc.) and then trying to improve these under the banner of performance management.

Rather than trying to “fix” people, what if we turned this paradigm upside down and set out to discover the talents and skills that people naturally possess?  If these could be developed into real strengths and leveraged for the organization’s benefit, wouldn’t that improve performance and make people happier, too? The Gallup Organization certainly thinks so, and they have over five decades of research to support this claim.

Identifying and making the best use of peoples’ strengths is the basis for a new leadership approach that is the subject of this presentation. We’ll spend some time on each of the following learning objectives:

  • Recognize what followers need from leadership
  • Discover how strengths-based leadership approach can enhance your personal leadership effectiveness and improve organizational productivity
  • Learn how to use the strengths of individuals to build performing teams

Jonathan Pugh is an Organizational Effectiveness and Human Capital Management consultant with over 30 years of related experience serving commercial and federal government clients. His consulting experience began at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has continued with several other consulting firms in the Washington DC area.

Jonathan’s broad portfolio of clients has included the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, U. S. Army, Department of Transportation, National Institutes of Health, Sepracor Pharmaceuticals, Department of Housing & Urban Development, and New England’s Lifespan Hospital System. A proven thought leader and business strategist, he is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and International Public Management Association Certified Professional (IPMA-CP). Jonathan earned a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas and has completed graduate courses in Human and Organizational Studies at the George Washington University.


6:00 - 6:30: Network
6:30 - 7:30: Presentation
7:30 - 8:00: Wrap up 


C2 Technologies, Inc.

1921 Gallows Rd., Suite 1000

Vienna, VA 22182

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