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date: 25 June 2017

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A plethora of self-help, personal growth, and leadership resources encourages people to be their best self. The dearth of scholarly examinations of the “best self” limits understanding of its core elements, and leaves the construct subject to various loose interpretations that lack theoretical grounding. The purpose of this chapter is to extend work from positive organizational scholarship on best-self engagement, to situate the reflected best self (RBS) as a conceptual anchor for understanding how individuals might increase their extraordinary experiences at work. This chapter reviews the organizational research on positive identity development and alignment at work to illuminate critical pathways for RBS engagement that also increase vitality and value creation. It concludes with a discussion of future research directions on the RBS and its impact on individual and collective well-being in organizations.

Keywords: identity, positive identity, reflected best self, engagement, alignment, positive organizational scholarship, strengths, authenticity, purpose, relationships

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