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Dr Doug Mackie

Strength-based leadership coaching in organisations: an evidenced-based approach

Theme: Coaching: approaches/schools/theories
Area: Coaching
Type: Research & how it has been applied in practice

Session on Thursday, Jul 7th, 15:25
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Dr Doug MacKie is a business psychologist and executive coach with over 25 years experience in the assessment and development of executive, leadership and team capability within top companies in Australia, Asia and the UK. Doug has presented at International conferences and published in leading journals on strength-based approaches to leadership development, the importance of effective evaluation and assessing ROI in coaching engagements. He is the author of a forthcoming text on strength-based leadership coaching in organisations based on his research in this area.


This session provides an introduction to the use of strength-based leadership coaching in the development of positive leadership behaviours within organisations. Positive approaches including strength-based methodologies are increasingly popular amongst coaches and HR professionals but what is the evidence for their effectiveness?

This session will review the construct of strengths and how they fit into existing positive leadership theories. The assessment and identification of strengths will then be discussed together with how these strengths can be meaningfully development within organisations. The evidence for the effectiveness of strength-based leadership coaching will be presented and some of the challenges of coaching research including the over-reliance on self-report data, absence of a coherent methodology and the lack of convergence on key outcome criteria will be discussed.

Finally the limitations of the strength-based approach will be reviewed, the key elements of best practice strength-based leadership coaching will be discussed together with the future of strength-based approaches both for research and practice within ogranisations .

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