Positive Psychology as Leadership Development Tool

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Brian M. Kelly Ph.D.


The purpose of this paper is to assert that the principles of positive psychology can be combined with a leadership development program to maximize the strengths and potential of future leaders. Positive psychology helps individuals develop their latent strengths -- thus maximizing their potential. The ability to maximize potential is especially important for emerging leaders. The principles of positive psychology are best applied through a mentoring/coaching relationship, which allows for a more personal interaction. When developing a new generation of leaders it is important to allow them to define, explore, and expand their strengths. To that end, the principles of positive psychology, when applied through a leadership development program, can be used by organizations to maximize the strengths and long-term potential of their emerging leaders.


Author birth year: 1979

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