Leadership expert and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham spoke to faculty and staff in the Academic Resource Center on Thursday, Jan. 5 about positive psychology and how to analyze and improve their innate talents to promote personal and professional success.
Buckingham commenced his presentation by asking his audience several questions about excellence and failure.
“In a world that will never know you like you know yourself, how do you leverage your strengths?” he asked.
Prior to Buckingham’s lecture, all employees completed an online assessment called StandOut designed by Buckingham to classify habits and strengths into two of nine major personality categories.
Community Service Coordinator Nadia Hopper said that Buckingham’s presentation was not only refreshing but also insightful.
“I think especially working in a school environment, it is important to highlight students’ strengths,” Hopper said. “I loved the presentation and thought that my test result, which stated that ‘I feel successful when I help others feel successful,’ was true.”