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An analysis of the six dimensions of psychological well-being in learning reflections of leaders. Exploring the influence of storytelling on leader development.

Bakker, Nadine Amira (2019) An analysis of the six dimensions of psychological well-being in learning reflections of leaders. Exploring the influence of storytelling on leader development. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

This study aims to explore the psychological well-being (PWB) and leadership development phenomena to increase the understanding of their meaning and influence on leaders. The utilisation of the qualitative case study research strategy explored the influence of storytelling on the development of leaders participating in a leadership development program. Reflection data from 40 senior leader participants was collected from a leadership development program at which influential speakers shared their personal leadership journeys. Utilising the NVivo 12 software for computer-assisted deductive and inductive coding, evidence of the Ryff six factors of PWB (1995) was found. In addition, cross-case synthesis analysis and thematic content analysis uncovered common themes within the Ryff dimensions of PWB across the cases of participant reflection data. Common themes identified included people-perspective leadership styles, proactively connecting with followers, visionary leadership, the ability to appreciate new perspectives, a strong sense of self, staying true to your values and beliefs, and effectively managing family and work-life. The emerging themes were explored, highlighting the positive influence of storytelling on participants and the enhancement of leader PWB and leadership development. The practical implication of this study is that findings suggest that leaders who integrate the common themes identified from the learning reflections into their own leadership style will support their dimensions of PWB to become leaders with more positive psychology and thus improved leadership.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: Business
Supervisor(s): Smith, Tara and Minaee, Simon
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56173
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