Welcome to the launch of my blog series on The Strengths Based Leader. As a business, corporate, nonprofit or educational leader, this information is for you.
We’ll explore what it means to be a Strengths Based Leader. Discover how leading from strengths catalyzes your team to achieve its goals more quickly. Explore how you can transform yourself, your team and your organization by investing in strengths instead of merely solving problems.
Delve into the thinking patterns, strategies, and habits of a Strengths Based Leader. Learn quick tips you can apply in your day-to-day work and personal life. Soar to heights you never expected!
Step onto the cutting edge of leadership research in Social Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry and more. Enhance your skills as a Strengths Based Leader.
What is a Strengths Based Leader?
A Strengths Based Leader invests in what is working well in the team and the workplace. This powerful leadership approach maximizes essential strengths in the group or organization leading to a dramatic boost in productivity and morale. A Strengths Based Leader understands and meets the four key needs of team members: trust, compassion, stability and hope.
(adapted from Gallup Strengths Based Leadership research)
Definition of a “strength”:
“A strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity. The key to building a strength is to identify your dominant talents, then complement them by acquiring knowledge and skills pertinent to the activity.”
Quote of the day:
“The way we see things is the source of the way we think and the way we act”
-Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
Being a Strengths Based Leader starts with your mindset. What do you pay the most attention to in yourself or others: best qualities or worst qualities? What you pay attention to will directly influence your actions and relationships.
Action step: jot down 1 to 2 strengths/positive qualities you notice in yourself, each colleague, client, or other stakeholder you come into contact with today.
Reflective leadership questions: What did you notice about your mindset in doing this activity? Was it easy to do or challenging to focus on strengths? What did you notice about your actual strengths and others’ strengths?
Bonus reflective leadership questions:
- What do these strengths reveal about each person’s current role?
- How might these strengths that you noticed be further developed?
- What small adjustments might be made that would further leverage those strengths?
- What results might you get if you made some adjustments?
If you would like to further explore how to magnify the value of your strengths by becoming a Strengths Based Leader, please click here for a no cost one-on-one conversation with me. I look forward to hearing from you.
I specialize in a strengths based coaching and training approach for leaders who want to take their business to the next level. My approach has produced excellent results for executives and managers of companies and nonprofits, as well as entrepreneurs who are in business transition. I serve as your strategic thinking partner. I work with you to discover and leverage your successes, passions, values and strengths. We then apply those toward creating and implementing a well-developed vision of success. My clients take quantum leaps toward their goals and dreams.