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The strengths of the strengthspotter: Individual characteristics [...]
P. Alex Linley & Gurpal Minhas
Objectives: The identification of a client’s personal strengths within the coaching environment is becoming a growing focus for coaching psychologists, driven in part by the continued growth of the positive psychology movement and in part by the evidence for the benefits of strengths use. This study set out to examine the strengths that may be found in more effective strengthspotters, that is, people who are skilled in the identification and development of strengths in others.
Design: An online survey was used to collect data on the Strengthspotting Scale, together with an assessment of 60 different strengths using the Realise2 model (www.realise2.com).
Method: Data were collected from 528 respondents. Analyses used included correlation analysis with the 60 strengths of Realise2 and the five subscales of the Strengthspotting Scale. Multiple regression analyses were used to identify the unique contribution of significantly correlated strengths on the five strengthspotting domains.
Results: The four strengths of Connector, Enabler, Esteem Builder and Feedback were found across all five subscales of the Strengthspotting Scale, through the correlation analyses. Using multiple regression, the strengths of Connector, Enabler and Feedback were significant predictors for each strengthspotting domain, suggesting that these may be the essence of the personal characteristics of an effective strengthspotter.
Conclusions: These data are the first to identify the potential key strengths of the strengthspotter. The data provide insights for coaching psychologists and other practitioners who wish to focus on developing their own ability to coach strengths in others, through indicating which may be the key strengths that enable the capability of effective strengthspotting.
Keywords: Strengths; strengthspotting; coaching; coaching psychology.
Full article: Volume 6, Issue 1 pages 6 - 15
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