We're Relying On 3 Specific Character Strengths
Research has shown there are 3 character strengths getting us all through the pandemic. It also shows that our personalities have changed. How are you faring?
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It’s always incredibly inspiring starting a new year - I feel like a kid with a whole new “something good” ahead of me! Saying this, I’m no shirker when it comes to extracting the learnings from the previous year and planning and designing the year ahead. If you haven’t yet done this for yourself, you can do so here: Wayfinder: Review 2021 | Design 2022.
Have we really changed over the pandemic?
It’s no surprise that there has been a great deal of global academic research into our personalities and coping mechanisms throughout the pandemic. I thought I’d share a couple of these as we contemplate what might help us to lead ourselves, our teams and our businesses more effectively into the future.
The first is brought to us by Dr Dana Klisanin, award-winning psychologist, futurist, designer and social entrepreneur. Klisanin’s research into the “specific character strengths supporting our well-being” has revealed three strengths we’ve all found most helpful over the pandemic:
Love of learning
“As we enter 2022, we can use these insights to support our wellbeing and that of our loved ones. In our personal lives, we can make resolutions to hone our critical thinking skills, ignite our love of learning and let our creativity loose.”
And a Q for you here: Do you agree - have these three character traits supported you? Do you need to further develop one or more of these?
And let’s not forget The Big Q:
Have our personalities changed over the course of the pandemic?
The simple answer is yes. Behavioural science-based organisations have also been hard at work measuring how our personalities might have changed over the course of the pandemic (thank you to those of you who participated in this research 🙏🏻 ).
In a study by Dr Stewart Desson, CEO, Lumina Learning, Dr Tatiana Rowson, Henley Business School and Dr Joana Suta, BPP University, we learn that CEO’s from across the sectors, around the world, have become more:
People Focused (accommodating, collaborative and empathetic)
Discipline Driven (reliable, structured and purposeful)
Big Picture Thinking (conceptual, imaginative and radical)
All incredibly necessary, not only in the context of our world of work over the last couple of years but in the foreseeable future. I promise to share the final paper when it is published.
Why is all of this important?
From your own leadership development perspective, there are some key insights worth acting on:
At the heart of our ‘ability to change’ is a strong desire or need (as created by the context of the pandemic) to do so.
Contrary to popular belief that “people don’t change”, we have clear evidence that we do (if we have a desire or need, as in #1).
It’s absolutely worth intentionally developing the character traits and mental models you’re going to need more of.
Interested in doing this for yourself?
Talk to me about what you desire or need to develop in 2022 - all of Mowbray by Design’s services are designed to support you to fully realise your vision for yourself, today and well into the future. You can book a time in my diary or send me a mail.
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Until next time, take good care of yourself.
If I didn't believe that people could change the way they behave in the world I wouldn't be doing the work I'm doing!
During the pandemic I have become lazier, loving to shop online, (I am now an apprentice agoraphobic,) and realising I must have wasted years of my life pushing wonky, squeaking trolleys round supermarkets. but have increased my love of learning by attending loads more zoom webinars, and embracing this technology also for client sessions and delivering courses for my students.
I have a heightened awareness of how lucky I am: I shared lockdown with my wonderful and never boring husband and this gave me time to reinforce my feelings of gratitude for having loved him for over 50 years (We met in September 1970;) We both enjoy good health; Our mortgage was paid many years ago, and our pensions are regularly received; I love the work I do and the clients with whom I do it; Lovely circles of friends - that includes you, dearest Louise - with whom to laugh and access support if needed; We were young in the 60s - a great time of optimism & creativity; We have travelled around the world and satisfied our wanderlust.
Although as context there is the dark cloud of the pandemic, with its attendant griefs and losses, and the frustrations engendered by the idiocy of Brexit, I am certain that the emotions of love and gratitude, and the comfortable feeling of financial security, have carried us through so far.