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Breakfast Conference on Coaching

The Power of Character Strengths: Leveraging the Positive to Propel Leaders Forward

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Date & time

Friday, April 17, 2020
7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Registration is closed


Line Blackburn, MSC, CIRC, PCC


This event is free





About the workshop

Prerequisite: It is highly recommended that you answer the free character strength questionnaire at We suggest that you bring your results to derive the full benefit from the exercises.

The objective of the workshop is to understand how a leader’s character strengths can be used to maximize the power of the coaching process. Research into positive psychology has studied the optimal functioning of people in connection with the character strengths. A practical approach and book (free) will be presented.

From a theoretical perspective, we will first examine the basis of positive psychology and review some of the fundamental principles of character strength. We will then review 24 character strengths in six classes and, based on the example of one strength, describe its optimal use and overuse, identify contexts of underuse and explore the means to optimize it.

To delve further into the topic, we will draw on the free e-book Character Strengths & Management – Via Management: Exploring the Role of the 24 VIA Character Strengths in the Workplace. This book is the group effort of four authors: Line Blackburn, Pascale Lemaire, Jacques E. Tremblay and Sylvie Ménard.

From a practical perspective, we will follow two steps. In an individual exercise, each coach will identify their own signature strengths and the contribution that strength can offer. Next, a pair discussion will determine the connection between a signature strength and its utility for a client. A plenary session will wrap up the process.

To conclude, we will be able to observe that coaching that draws on character strengths optimizes the leader’s development process.

About the Speaker


Line Blackburn has extensive human resource development experience in developing leaders and executive managers. She offers coaching that draws on creative problem-solving methods and the leader’s character strengths. Line has a Master’s of Health Administration and a certificate in creativity from the Université de Montréal. She was also trained in coaching at Erikson Coaching International. She is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines (CIRC) and the International Coaching Federation, with PCC designation. She and three colleagues co-wrote the e-book Character Strengths & Management – Via Management: Exploring the Role of the 24 Via Character Strengths in the Workplace.

Keep an eye on the ICF Québec activities calendar for more breakfast sessions in this series! 

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