Leadership Strengths

Positional and situational leadership As any successful leader will say, it is important to know thyself – to know one’s strengths and how to use them in managing or leading a group of people toward a common mission or goal. This is particularly important for “positional leaders” who have a role at their company to manage a group of people. The more that these positional leaders can bring forth … [Read More...]


Guide To Using the VIA Youth Survey with Children with Intellectual Disabilities

The VIA Institute strives to make the VIA Survey and VIA Youth Survey as accessible as possible for all individuals. To this end, we partnered with researchers at the Beach Center on Disability and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kansas to analyze and validate our VIA Youth Survey with youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They … [Read More...]

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New Book on Using Character Strengths To Find Life Fulfillment and Happiness

Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life brings the 24 VIA character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East. Based on the unusual premise that a key way to build strength is to act ‘as if’ … [Read More...]

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VIA Strengths at Work

The VIA Institute on Character joined up with workplace well-being expert and best-selling author, Michelle McQuaid, to check on the progress American workers are making in identifying and leveraging their strengths at work. 1,000 employees across the country, ranging in age from 18 to 55, were randomly surveyed to see if attitudes towards developing workplace strengths have changed significantly … [Read More...]

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VIA Strengths Mural

When Michelle McQuaid was studying the Character Strengths for her Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology, she figured out a way for her young son to learn right along with her. She created a “Strengths Mural” for his bedroom, painting pictures for each of the 24 strengths on the wall. Each night before bed, they would choose a different strength to discuss. They would talk about what the strength … [Read More...]


Applying VIA Strengths at Westin Hotels

Both Shannon Polly and Jeremy McCarthy earned Masters Degrees in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Here, they worked together with The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa which had decided to change the way that the hospitality industry works. Over two days, they helped 100 front-of-house associates spend time focusing on their individual and collective strengths, … [Read More...]