Is it leadership and management ~ or ~ leadership or management?
So many people believe that management and leadership are separate, even antagonistic, activities. But I still believe that the two go hand-in-hand. Leadership requires good management. It is important to understand how work is organized and to shape institutions so we can make work easier, more fun and more productive.
The strategic plan for positive psychology
I’ve just tracked back to Martin Seligman’s original plans to develop critical mass for positive psychology. It is an excellent case study of organizational leadership. This paper was published at the outset. It describes the inputs, outputs and processes needed to create a successful institution. We can see the results for ourselves.
Competent positive leadership is being called for on many fronts
I couldn’t help thinking of the parallels in the Executive Summary and Barack Obama’s speeches.
“Entering a new millennium, we face a historical choice. Left alone on the pinnacle of economic and political leadership, the United States can continue to increase its material wealth while ignoring the human needs of its people and that of the rest of the planet. Such a course is likely to lead to increasing selfishness, alienation between the more and the less fortunate, and eventually to chaos and despair.
At this juncture the social and behavioral sciences can play an enormously important role. They can articulate a vision of the good life that is empirically sound while being understandable and attractive. They can show what actions lead to well being, to positive individuals, and to flourishing community. Psychology should be able to help document what kind of families result in the healthiest children, what work environments support the greatest satisfaction among workers, what policies result in the strongest civic commitment.
Yet we have scant knowledge of what makes life worth living. Psychology has come to understand quite a bit about how people survive and endure under conditions of adversity. But we know very little about how normal people flourish under more benign conditions. . .”
We won’t get a positive world without positive competent management too
Positive psychology is our zeitgeist. We want a more positive world. That doesn’t mean a “happy clappy” world. It means a competent world where we address our differences vigorously, yet with thought and compassion.
Positive psychology is an example of positive competent management
The positive psychology movement is been a masterful piece of strategic management. Study it to see the merging of leadership and management!