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Are happy people really better leaders?

Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on

If we were to hold all other attributes constant, is it fair to say that happy people are better leaders? Although I consider myself a happy person, I had been considering this topic for a blog earlier this week when I signed up to participate in a study called the Happiness Project. I discovered through an email exchange that the primary investigators, who hold advanced degrees in social psychology and radiology therapy, are interested in leadership, base their studies on scientific findings and use scientific methodology. See http://www.therealsecret.net/The-experiment.html. While the question is probably more complex than it appears at first blush, are happy people really better leaders?

  • Hi Holly,
    This is a very captivating question and one that I have contemplated upon much. I think that happiness might not be the right adjective but rather might it be that the great leader acts from a centre of “dynamic content”. In this frame of mind they are focussed on achieving the vision.
    Love what you do.
    Gary