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MOURA, Ana Flavia Azevedo; ANDRADE, Emmanuel Paiva de  and  SANDALL, Hugo. Positive leadership behaviors in a Brazilian public institution. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.73, n.1, pp. 154-168. ISSN 1809-5267.

The research aimed to identify positive leadership behaviors in a public institution shaken by an ethical crisis. The theoretical framework of positive organizations was adopted in order to identify the best in the organization. The study finds opportunity for awareness when society urges the Public Administration to adopt ethical actions and sustainable results. A qualitative research was conducted through case study during 2018. Fifteen employees were interviewed, with an average age of 46 years, and standard deviation of 6.84, being 66.6% male. The interviews focused on the Discovery and Dream phases of the Appreciative Inquiry 4-D model, with the Positive Leadership as an affirmative topic. The result was the identification of the groups of positive values: social relations, commitment and communication. So, the appreciative approach served as an incentive to identify the positive leadership experiences lived in the institution.

Keywords : Leadership; Optimism; Appreciative Inquiry; Case Study; Public Administration.

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