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SPC 4445 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Positive PsychologyExam

Speech Communication
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SPC 4445
William Parsons
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Communication for Effective Leadership
Chapter three Notes
1.Strengths: An attribute or quality of an individual that accounts for successful performance.
Ability to consistently demonstrate exceptional work. Positive features of ourselves that make us
effective and help us flourish
2.Positive psychology: The discipline of psychology was also researching what's right with
people and their positive attributes. "The 'scientific' study of what makes life most worth living."
This field came to be known as _________?
3.Talents: _________ are not strengths, but they provide the basis for developing strengths
when they are coupled with knowledge, skills, and practice.
4.Realized Strengths: Personal attributes that represent our strongest assets. We are energized
when we use them.
5.Unrealized Strengths: Personal attributes that are less visible. We feel good when we tap into
them because they support our efforts.
6.Learned Behaviors: Ingrained things that we have learned throughout our life experience.
Although valuable, they do not excite or inspire us.
7.Weaknesses: Our limiting attributes. They often drain our energy and result in poor
8.Discover Your Strengths: Concentrate on your positive attributes and those times when you
feel inspirited. Completing one or more of the strengths questionnaires. Acknowledge your
strengths and be prepared to reveal them to others. Practice working consistently with others
based on your strengths. Become aware of your weaknesses as well as strengths.
9.Climate, relationships, communication, and meaning: Leaders who want to create a positive
work environment should attend to four areas:
10.Task Oriented: Goal-oriented. They want to achieve. Their work is where they find
meaning. Reaching a goal is a positive expression of who they are.
11.Relationship Oriented: People find meaning in being rather than in doing.
Instead of seeking out tasks, people want to connect with others. They have strong orientation in
the present and find meaning in the moment.
12.Task Leadership: Behaviors facilitate goal accomplishment.
The leader initiates structure:
Organizes work
Defines responsibilities
Schedules work activities
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