Reflected Best Self Questions - Study Guide
Your Reflected Best Self – Center for Positive Organizations
Spreitzer, G., Stephens, J.P., & Sweetman, D. (2009). The Reflected Best Self Field Experiment with Adolescent Leaders: Exploring the Psychological Resources Associated with Feedback Source and Valence. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(5): 331-348.
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I am interested in how relationships can enable more meaning in work and increase feelings of empowerment. Much of my early research on was on psychological empowerment at work (an orientation where individuals experience meaning, efficacy, self-determination, and impact). Support in relationships from one’s boss, peers and subordinates was found to be critical for individuals to feel empowered. More recently, I have looked at the role of high quality relationships in several other contexts. One is though research on the reflected best self which is a feedback and development exercise where individuals request best self stories from significant others in different domains of life (family, friends, colleagues, etc.). the relational focus of this exercise helps people see unique strengths they exhibit when operating at their best that are relatively invisible or discounted before receiving the feedback.
A developmental process called Reflected Best Self Feedback has been integrated into the Michigan Business School curriculum at all levels to help students discover their best self and determine ways they create value for other people. Ultimately, the goal of Reflected Best Self Feedback is to enable people to become active architects of job activities that utilize and develop their talents, and to enrich their relationships with others.The process of asking for feedback about myself for the reflected best self (RBS) exercise initially seemed like an impossible feat. My principal concern was that none of the interviewees would feel comfortable enough to give me an honest opinion. I had the difficult task of selecting individuals who would give me meaningful unprejudiced answers to my questions. I began the RBS exercise by thoughtfully exploring potential interviewees, since I had to choose between school friends or acquaintances, and individuals who know me outside the school setting. I came to the realization that selecting individuals solely from one of the environs would provide me with imbalanced answers. I therefore decided to choose interviewees both from school and at home. Judging from the exercise instructions, I had to target individuals that knew me well enough in order to ensure that they had adequate knowledge about me, my habits, and my overall personality. To increase chances of getting unbiased responses, I chose the recommended five individuals from different areas of my life. The procedure was time consuming and tedious, but I acquired the information relevant to understanding myself, while at my best.