Pat’s Study of Successful Women Lawyers

What makes women lawyers succeed? As her capstone project for a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Pat administered the Brief Strengths Test to women attorneys named to the Super Lawyers directory. Of those participating, the character strengths of gratitude and kindness were most prevalent, and the women used them regularly in their practices. Among women in the study, the more emotion-driven heart strengths predominated over the more analytical head strengths commonly associated with the practice of law. A full copy of the study, which includes recommendations for law firms, may be accessed below.

Super Women Lawyers: A Study of Character Strengths


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