July 28, 2016 16:30 - 18:00

UGL (Understanding Group and Leader) Coaches: Affective Profiles and Markers of Empowerment and Self-awareness

[Speaker] Garcia, Danilo:1,2,3
[Co-author] Ambjörnsson, Annika:1,4, Archer, Trevor:1,4, Rapp Ricciardi, Max:1,4
1:Network for Empowerment and Well-Being, Sweden (Sweden), 2:Blekinge Centre for Competence, Karlskrona (Sweden), 3:Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (Sweden), 4:Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (Sweden)

The Understanding Groups and Leader (UGL), provided by the Swedish National Defence College, is one of the most popular management programs among civilians in Sweden. We mapped important markers of empowerment and self-awareness among UGL-coaches in relation to their affective profiles. UGL-coaches (N=153) and Swedish Chiefs of Police (N = 104) completed an online survey comprising affect, optimism, self-esteem, and locus of control. Self-reported positive (PA) and negative affect (NA) were used to categorize participants in four profiles: self-fulfilling (high PA, low NA), high affective (high PA, high NA), low affective (low PA, low NA), and self-destructive (low PA, high NA). The self-fulfilling profile was more common among UGL-trainers (25.70% compared to 19.20% among Chiefs of Police). Moreover, UGL-coaches with a self-fulfilling profile scored higher in optimism and self-esteem and lower in external locus of control. This suggest a higher probability of self-fulfillment, and thereby empowerment and self-awareness, among UGL-coaches.
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