Great leaders know that the “well-rounded” person is a myth – everyone has strengths and weaknesses.
They also know that a “well-rounded” team creates outstanding performance.
Great leaders understand their people’s strengths – that unique mix of talents, knowledge and skills that enables them to do what they do best. And they combine those diverse strengths to create a well-rounded team that lifts everyone’s performance and job satisfaction.
Conventional wisdom assumes that if we are good at something we don’t need to worry about it. We simply maintain our strengths and work on fixing our weaknesses.
However, strengths-based development is the recognition that our greatest talents – our natural ways of thinking, feeling and behaving – are the innate source of all our potential.
Strengths-based development is unique in that it builds on our areas of greatest potential rather than seeking to fix weaknesses.
We can’t ignore our weaknesses. We need to be aware of them and manage them so they don’t trip us up. But our greatest opportunity for success lies in building on our natural talents.
Research by the Gallup Organisation has found that people who use their strengths every day are:
- Six times more likely to be actively engaged in their jobs
- Three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life
- 7.8% more productive
We help leaders understand the power of strengths-based leadership, and then enable them to:
- Have strengths-based conversations that help them and their people become aware of their real strengths and underlying talents
- Create an environment where their people use their strengths most of the time
- Coach their people to develop their strengths even further
- Coach their people to manage their weaknesses so they don’t hinder their success
- Engage the whole team in combining their unique strengths to lift everyone’s performance and job satisfaction