Strength Based LeadershipTom Rath, Barry Conchie • The information in the book came from the research of Gallup scientists who studied more than one million work teams. • 20,000 in-depth interviews were conducted with leaders of teams.
Why strength based leadership is important • When a company focuses on the strength of an employee their engagement increased by eight times. • This means that a leader should pull the best out of each employee. • There is no reason for an employee to perform a task that someone else can do better.
Important traits of Strength based leaders • Concern for followers • Learners • Ideas and visions • Idols and influences • Charisma
34 Themes of Strengths • Achiever • Activator • Adaptability • Analytical • Arranger • Belief • Command • Communication • Competition • Connectedness • Context • Deliberative • Developer • Discipline • Empathy‘ • Fairness • Focus • Futuristic • Harmony • Ideation • Inclusiveness • Individualization • Input • Intellection • Learner • Maximizer • Positivity • Relator • Responsibility • Restorative • Self- Assurance • Significance • Strategic • Woo
How to find your strength! • Natural Desire • Spontaneous Reactions • Each reaction implies distinct patterns of behaviors, therefore offers clues to your talents • 3 clues to help you find your talent • Yearnings, reveals the presence of a talent, particularly when felt early in life. • Rapid learning, offers another trace of talent. Sometimes a talent doesn’t signal itself through. • Satisfaction, when doing a positive activity it feels goodbrings you strength and satisfaction.
What Are Your Strengths? Restorative- are adaptive at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it. Responsibility- Take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honestly & loyalty. Hard Relator- Enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal. Harmony- Look fro consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather they seek areas of agreement. Focus- Can take direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
“Recipe for Strength” Investing in your strengths Talent (a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving) X Investment (time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base) ___________________________________________________________ = STRENGTH (the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance)
Applying Your Strengths If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything. Leader characteristics: Empathetic, creative, disciplined, strategic, humble, decisive, and great communication skills. “I’ve never met an effective leader who wasn’t aware of his talents and working to sharpen them” – Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark
Maximizing Your Team What do effective leaders do? Dangers of recruiting for strength. What makes a great leadership team? The most effective groups have broad range of strengths. Gallup results
The Four Domains of Leadership Strength Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Examples: Wendy Kopp-Executing Influencing-Simon Cooper Relationship Building-MervynDavies Strategic Thinking-Brad Anderson
What Strong Teams Have In Common 1-Conflict doesn’t destroy strong teams because strong teams focus on results. 2-Strong teams prioritize what’s best for the organization and then move forward 3-Members of strong teams are as committed to their personal lives as they are to their careers 4- Strong teams embrace diversity 5-Strong teams are magnets for talents
Understanding Why People Follow Why do people follow? Gallup conducted a formal study from 2005-2008. His goal was to obtain the average person’s opinion about Leadership.
What Leader has the most positive influence in your daily Life? List three words that best describes what this person contributes to your life
Followers’ Four Basic Needs Trust Compassion Stability Hope