Leadership is the art of motivating a collective to act towards achieving a common goal, but it is also the art of motivating yourself toward achieving a desired goal. Individuals and communities thrive at their finest when their leadership utilises the practices of positive psychology, a scientific field that studies the strengths that empowers individuals and communities to flourish.

When I started my postgraduate studies, I became increasingly interested in emotional and social intelligence, thanks to the many articles I had read on the subject and the masterful books written by Daniel Goleman. I knew I wanted to improve my own emotional and social intelligence, which led me to the field of positive psychology and finally all the way back found to leadership, which I always knew would form a focus of my MTA Portfolio. 

This module is primarily made up of two Coursera MOOC specializations that it is named after. Both Inspired Leadership and Positive Psychology were heavily practical specializations in which I had to complete several personal and professional assignments throughout. These assignments were instrumental in sharpening my ability to self-coach myself and they also ignited my life coaching side business, which ended up being the final project of my Leadership and Management concentration. 

14 Courses

Positive Psychology

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Started: 03/11/2015

Finished: 07/01/2016

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Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 27/03/2017

Finished: 01/06/2017

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Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 05/04/2017

Finished: 16/06/2017

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Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 21/04/2017

Finished: 24/06/2017

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Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 18/05/2017

Finished: 07/06/2017

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Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your life for Well-Being

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 05/07/2017

Finished: 28/07/2017

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Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power

Platform: Open2Study

Institutions: MGSM

Started: 22/03/2014

Finished: 22/04/2014

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Leading with Stories

Platform: LinkedIn

Institutions: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 06/03/2018

Finished: 06/03/2018

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Becoming a Thought Leader

Platform: LinkedIn

Institutions: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 31/05/2020

Finished: 01/06/2020

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Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Platform: Coursera

Institutions: Case Western Reserve University

Started: 27/09/2016

Finished: 15/06/2017

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Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change!

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Case Western Reserve University

Started: 10/12/2016

Finished: 19/04/2017

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Conversations That Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change

Platform: Coursera

Institutions: Case Western Reserve University

Started: 13/04/2017

Finished: 03/06/2017

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Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry

Platform: Coursera

Institutions: Case Western Reserve University

Started: 21/04/2017

Finished: 19/05/2017

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Be a Leader, Develop a Leader - Inspired Leadership Capstone

Platform: Coursera

Institutions: Case Western Reserve University

Started: 15/06/2017

Finished: 26/08/2017

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6 Books

Emotional Intelligence & Emotional Intelligence at Work

Author: Daniel Goleman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited

Published: 2004

Started: 11/12/2015

Finished: 06/02/2017

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Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Author: Daniel Goleman

Publisher: Arrow

Published: 2006

Started: 12/04/2016

Finished: 17/06/2016

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The Dhammapada

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Published: 2015

Started: 20/09/2019

Finished: 24/09/2019

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The Happiness Manifesto

Author: Nic Marks

Publisher: TED

Published: 2011

Started: 13/01/2019

Finished: 15/01/2019

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The Happiness Project

Author: Gretchen Rubin

Publisher: Harper

Published: 2009

Started: 23/12/2019

Finished: 01/01/2020

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The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

Author: Helen Russell

Publisher: Audible Studios

Published: 2015

Started: 23/03/2018

Finished: 23/04/2018

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The artful leader is attuned to the subtle undercurrents of emotions that pervade a group, and can read the impact of her own actions on those currents. One way leaders establish their credibility is by sensing these collective, unspoken feelings and articulayting them for the group, or acting in a way that tacitly shows they are understood. In this sense, the leader is a mirror, reflecting back to the group its own experience. 
However, the leader is also a key source of the organization’s emotional tone. The excitement emanating from a leader canmove an entire group in that direction. This transmition of emotional energy lets leaders be the pilots of an organization, setting its course and direction.

Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence, 1998:185