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Looking at the Strength of Leadership

by | Mar 22, 2023 | Strengths

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Leadership is one of the three character strengths that comprise the Virtue of Justice.

Justice describes strengths that help you connect in community or group-based situations. 

What is leadership?

As a character strength, leadership refers to the tendency to organise and encourage a group to get things done while maintaining good relations within the group.

Leadership involves setting goals and accomplishing them, enlisting effective help, building coalitions and smoothing ruffled feathers. 

The best leaders are self-aware. They recognise their top character strengths and how to use them to bring out the best in others.

Why is leadership of value?

  • Leadership is related to emotional stability, openness, good social intelligence and conscientiousness.
  • Socially, leaders are respected and valued by others and bring out the best in others.
  • Leadership allows you to use and express a number of key character strengths particularly zest, social intelligence, curiosity, creativity, prudence, honesty and self-regulation. 

A couple of questions to consider

  • How do you specifically express your strength of leadership?
  • How do you decide when to lead and when to allow others to lead?

Some things that you can do to practise leadership

  • Organise a family or social event that brings together people who don’t normally interact.
  • Lead an activity, assignment or project and actively solicit opinions from group members.
  • Lead yourself! Consider a personal issue, challenge or weakness you are lagging in, activate an action plan and savour the accomplishment along the way.

For more information on the strength of leadership, go to

If you are interested in exploring how the practice of Character Strengths might be of benefit to your business and culture, contact Peter Maguire on 0438 533 311 or at

Acknowledgement: the primary reference for this post is “The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate And Ignite Your Positive Personality” by Ryan M. Niemiec & Robert E. McGrath (An Official Guide From The VIA Institute on Character)



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