Angela Lee Duckworth is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a non-profit organisation that strives to advance the research and application of character development. Angela Duckworth is also a renowned research psychologist that won the MacArthur Fellowship Program in 2013 and currently works at Wharton People Analytics as a faculty director. Angela Duckworth’s alma mater includes the Harvard College, the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.
Angela Duckworth is renowned for her research on “grit” as a pre-indicator of success. She believes that while grit and self-control are unrelated to IQ, they are powerful indicators of a person’s ability to succeed and their well-being. Her theory seeks to empower students with the mindset that they have to create their own opportunities and have the sense of personal responsibility to succeed. Her first book was highly lauded and is a #1 bestselling book on the New York Times. Apart from her outstanding academic achievements and incredible research findings, she is also known to be a devoted volunteer from a young age. Angela Duckworth’s theory may revolutionise the way students around the world think of themselves and their ability to succeed, including in Singapore.