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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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The Power of Active Coping

The Power of Active Coping

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Looks Good on Paper?

Leslie S. Pratch

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the power of active coping as a structural psychological construct for predicting effective leadership. When hiring executives, how do you know which candidates can meet challenges and resolve them productively, day after day, or constantly adapt to the unforeseen—and who must mobilize, coordinate, and direct others? When they all look good on paper, how do you make a choice? How do you get past the résumé to perceive the person and, most important, predict the performance? How could organizations avoid hiring charismatic yet ultimately value-destroying leaders like Jeff Kindler? These and other questions are addressed by active coping to help organizations avoid the adverse effects of poor leadership. The chapter describes the theory of active coping as it appears in everyday life, with particular emphasis on the four elements of the active coping style: integrity, psychological autonomy, integrative capacity, and catalytic coping. It also considers skills and traits associated with active coping, the different dimensions of personality, and the implications of active coping for assessing personality.

Keywords:   active coping, effective leadership, hiring, executives, integrity, psychological autonomy, integrative capacity, coping, skills, personality

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