This multiple case study research examines the personal strengths of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and how these strengths contribute to their success as they lead their personnel and manage psychiatric hospitals in their charge. The study provides an understanding of the role of personal strengths in the successful CEO and discusses each CEO’s utilization and development of those strengths. The Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 as found in StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Rath, 2007) instrument was employed in the study to provide a common language that facilitated the researcher’s conversation with the participants. Used as a heuristic device, the results of the strengths identifier tool were not applied in any comparative analytical format but rather provided a common frame of reference for both the researcher and the participant. The experience of responding to the strengths identifier tool provided a starting point for an interview that allowed the participants to talk about their strengths, their development, and the contribution of their strengths to their success. The theme of self-awareness emerged as an important component of their success, common to all of the participants in the study. Secondary themes of courage and humility, connected to self-awareness, contributed to understanding how the participants utilized their signature strengths to engage in a successful career leading psychiatric hospitals. The participants were able to describe their capacities, strengths, and how they used their abilities in unique ways while leading their hospitals.
|Subjects||Management; Psychology; Health care management|
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