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Looks Good on Paper?Using In-Depth Personality Assessment to Predict Leadership Performance$
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Leslie Pratch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168366

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168366.001.0001

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Developing Active Coping

Developing Active Coping

A Success Story

(p.180) 12 Developing Active Coping
Looks Good on Paper?

Leslie S. Pratch

Columbia University Press

This chapter takes a look at the success story of a leader who was able to hone and strengthen his coping style. This executive makes a case for active coping as a developmental process, and his story illustrates each of the elements of active coping: integrity, psychological autonomy, integrative capacity, and catalytic coping. He has served as CFO of two Fortune 500 Companies, as CFO and partner at an international private equity firm, and on multiple boards. This chapter examines how active coping enabled this executive to achieve that success—beyond the fact that he is bright, charismatic, and forceful—and to deploy his psychological resources to become the highly sought after board member and investor that he currently is. His reflections demonstrate how active coping contributes to effective leadership; each of its four element is a style of functioning, an overall positive orientation to life that supports ongoing growth and adaptation and that all executives should emulate.

Keywords:   success, active coping, integrity, psychological autonomy, integrative capacity, catalytic coping, business executives, effective leadership

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