Leading from Authenticity: Using Strengths-Based Coaching to Clarify the Leadership Identities of Year 11 Boys

  • Boys and Stories (2018-19)

Within my school, some Year 11 boys demonstrate a lack of maturity and insight when applying for Year 12 leadership positions in that their motivations are not grounded in their strengths, skills, and competencies. This action research project explored whether using a strengths-based coaching intervention might clarify the leadership identity of Year 11 boys. A three-stage action was undertaken to teach a new language of signature strengths, to participate in individual coaching to build self-awareness, and then to develop a personal leadership narrative that reflected a deeper more authentic self-awareness.