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Feb. 11, 2021

Using research-based positive psychology to become a better leader with Dr. Michelle McQuaid | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader

Using research-based positive psychology to become a better leader with Dr. Michelle McQuaid | Partnering Leadership Global Thought Leader
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In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Michelle McQuaid, a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher, and playful change activator. Michelle McQuaid talks about how positive psychology has influenced her perspective on leadership and shares lessons for effectively leading teams and organizations.

Some highlights:

  • How Dr. Michelle McQuaid came to positive psychology and the science of behavior change
  • Why and how positive psychology is critical to leadership
  • How to be an authentic leader by embracing imperfections
  • Lessons learned from Carol Dweck’s research on Growth Mindset
  • The power of psychological safety in unleashing team performance
  • How Dr. Michelle McQuaid uses a learning loop with her team for more effective team communications
  • The critical role wellness and wellbeing play in organizational culture
  • Dr. Michelle McQuaid’s thoughts on how to navigate through struggle as a leader

Also mentioned in this episode:

Tal Ben Shahar,  author and founder of Happiness Studies Academy
Martin Seligman, Psychologist and father of Positive Psychology
Carol Dweck,  Psychologist and author of mindset
Amy Edmondson, HBS professor and author of The Fearless Organization

Connect with Michelle McQuiad:

Michelle McQuaid’s website

Making Positive Psychology Work 

Michelle McQuaid on LinkedIn 

Michelle McQuaid on Twitter

Connect with Mahan Tavakoli:


More information and resources available at the Partnering Leadership Podcast website: 


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Michelle McQuiad

Author of Your Wellbeing Blueprint

Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.

An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Live Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.

She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of Professors David Cooperrider and Celeste Wilderom.

Michelle lives to help people discover their strengths, move beyond their fears, and finally discover what it truly takes to flourish with confidence.