If Leadership is your top strength, you excel at encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.
Leadership falls under the virtue category of Justice. Justice describes strengths that make life fair. They are broadly interpersonal and describe the best interaction between the individual and a group or community.
Leadership is a social phenomenon that can be distinguished into two areas:
Practice- defining, establishing, identifying or translating direction
Personal quality- the motivation and capacity to seek out, attain and carry out leader roles.
There are two types of leaders:
Transactional leaders- this type of leader clarifies responsibilities, expectations, and the tasks to be accomplished.
Transformational leaders- this leader motivates their followers to perform at an extremely high level, fostering a climate of trust and commitment to the organization and its goals.
Everyone Can Be A Leader
Organize activities for others.
Exercises for Boosting Leadership
When two people are in an argument, mediate by inviting others to share their thoughts and emphasizing problem solving.
Lead an activity, assignment or project and actively solicit opinions from group members.
Read a biography and/or watch film of your favorite leader and evaluate how he/she inspires you in practical ways.
Lawrence of Arabia
Dances with Wolves
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria:
- Strong portrayal of a character's signature strengths which are critical to the character's identity;
- Depicts conflict/obstacles that challenge the character;
- The character uses strengths to overcome the adversity;
- The film's overall presentation is uplifting or speaks deeply to the human condition.
- The film holds great potential to generate cinematic elevation (i.e., it causes people to feel motivated to do good and increases their altruism) or cinematic admiration (i.e., it causes people to want to improve themselves and copy the model).
We Are the Champions
Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
Up To the Mountain – Patty Griffin
We Weren’t Born to Follow – Bon Jovi
Walk On – U2
Follow Me – John Denver
Peace Train – Cat Stevens