Values in Action (VIA) Signature Strengths

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Values in Action (VIA) Signature Strengths At Sageco, we are strong advocates of using the VIA signature strengths as a powerful tool for your career development. The material in this document comes from the book Flourish by Dr Martin Seligman and the Authentic Happiness website. It is provided here as an easy reference. We encourage you to go to the Authentic Happiness website and make use of the survey.

Take action Read through this document and then go to the Authentic Happiness website (https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/) and register to take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths (it’s under Questionnaires and then click on Get Started.)

This eight minute YouTube clip “The Science of Character”is worth watching – it gives a really good overview of how VIA signature strengths work.

Signature Strengths The purpose of this exercise is to encourage you to own your signature strengths by finding new and more frequent uses for them. A Signature Strength has the following hallmarks: A sense of ownership an authenticity (‘this is the real me’) A feeling of excitement while displaying it, particularly at first A rapid learning curve as the strength is first practiced

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A sense of yearning to find new ways to use it A feeling of inevitability in using the strength (‘try to stop me!’) The criteria by which we know a characteristic is a strength. Firstly, a strength is a trait, a psychological characteristic that can be seen across different situations over time. Second, a strength is valued in its own right. Engaging in a strength usually produces authentic positive emotion in the doer: pride, satisfaction, joy, fulfillment, or harmony. We can all be winners when acting in accordance with our strengths. The final criterion is that they are ubiquitous, valued in almost every culture in the world. Dr Martin Seligman is the Director of the Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder of Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. His research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier — to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances. Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms. The Values-in-action (VIA) Signature Strengths were developed by a global research team, headed by Dr Seligman. The research team found that when a person was acting in accordance with their values they were utilising their top 5 ‘signature strengths’ more frequently than other strengths. The more frequently a person uses their Top 5 Signature Strengths in a particular part of their life the greater the enjoyment and satisfaction the person had with that part of their life. Conversely the less a person has the opportunity to use their Signature Strengths, in a particular part of their life, the less likely they are to be satisfied with that part of their life. When you register to take the VIA Signature Strengths Survey you will receive a report regarding your Strengths. You will also become part of the large database being used to research in this area. Taken from ‘Flourish’ by D. Martin Seligman and the Authentic Happiness website.

Six Clusters of Signature Strengths A. Wisdom & Strength: There are six routes to displaying wisdom, from the most developmentally basic (curiosity) up to the most mature (perspective). 1.

Curiosity & interest in the world

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Love of learning

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Judgment, critical thinking & open mindedness

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Creativity, ingenuity and originality

5.

Social intelligence

6.

Perspective (wisdom)

B. Courage: The strengths that make up courage reflect the open-eyed exercise of will towards the worthy ends that are not certain of attainment. To qualify as courage acts must be done in the face of strong adversity.

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1.

Bravery & valour

2.

Industry, diligence & perseverance

3.

Honesty, authenticity and genuineness

C. Humanity & Love: The strengths here are displayed in positive social interaction with other people: friends, acquaintances, family members and also strangers. 1.

Kindness and generosity

2.

Capacity to love and be loved

D. Justice: These strengths show up in civic activities. They go beyond your one-on-one relationships to how you relate to larger groups, such as your family, your community, the nation and the world. 1.

Citizenship, Teamwork and loyalty

2.

Fairness, equity and justice

3.

Leadership

E. Temperance: As a core virtue, temperance refers to the appropriate and moderate expression of your appetites and wants. The temperate person does not suppress motives, but waits for opportunities to satisfy them so that harm is not done to self or others. 1.

Self control and self regulation

2.

Caution, prudence and discretion

3.

Humility and modesty

D. Transcendence: This means emotional strengths that reach inside you and beyond you to connect to something larger and more permanent: to other people, to the future, to evolution, to the divine or to the universe. 1.

Appreciation of beauty and excellence

2.

Gratitude

3.

Hope, optimism and future mindedness

4.

Spirituality, sense of purpose and faith

5.

Forgiveness and mercy

6.

Humour and playfulness

7.

Zest, energy and enthusiasm

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Definitions 1.

Curiosity and interest in the world. You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

2.

Love of learning. You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading and museums – anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

3.

Judgment, critical thinking and open-mindedness. Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

4.

Creativity, ingenuity, and originality. Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

5.

Social intelligence. You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations and you know what to do to put others at ease.

6.

Perspective (wisdom). Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

7.

Bravery and valor. You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

8.

Industry, diligence, and perseverance. You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you "get it out the door" in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks

9.

Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness. You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

10. Kindness and generosity. You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well. 11. Capacity to love and be loved. You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you. 12. Citizenship, teamwork, and loyalty. You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group. 13. Fairness, equity, and justice. Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance. 14. Leadership. You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen. 15. Self-control and self-regulation. You self-consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person. You are in control of your appetites you’re your emotions and not vice-versa. 16. Caution, prudence, and discretion. You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret. 17. Humility and modesty. You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty. You are unpretentious.

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18. Appreciation of beauty and excellence. You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience. 19. Gratitude. You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks. 20. Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness. You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control. 21. Spirituality, sense of purpose & faith. You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit into the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you. 22. Forgiveness and mercy. You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge. 23. Humor and playfulness. You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations. 24. Zest, enthusiasm and energy. Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or half heartedly. For you, life is an adventure.

Signature Strengths Exercise Recommended by Katherine Legg, Sageco: For one week create a specific time in your schedule when you will consciously exercise one (or more) of your Top 5 Signature strengths. For example: o

If Self-Control is one of your strengths you might choose to turn off your emails for a two-hour period each day.

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If Curiosity is a strength you might spend 1 hour a day talking to others in your organisation to learn more about what they do.

Keep notes about your experience in your diary/journal. How did you feel before, during and after? Was it challenging, easy? Did time pass quickly? Did you ‘lose’ yourself? Do you plan to repeat the process? You could do one strength per week and review the outcomes.

All material reprinted for the purpose of directing people to the Authentic Happiness website and engaging with the VIA Signature Strengths survey.

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