Strength Based Leaderships
Apr 25, 2017
“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything. While our society encourages us to be well-rounded, this approach inadvertently breeds mediocrity. Perhaps the greatest misconception of all is that of the well-rounded leader.”
― Tom Rath, Strength-Based Leadership
Strengths based leadership looks at the process of leadership differently to the norm. As humans, we tend to focus and remember only the negative things, whether it is negative traits, memories or experiences, our brains are developed to behave this way. The whole mindset of this leadership theory is to work with people’s strengths so they may continue to develop the areas where they are already strong in and to essentially delegate the tasks & responsibilities to people who are more than capable.
Identifying your strengths
The more we know about ourselves, the more we can utilise our own abilities and reinforce those strengths into something really beneficial. It can be hard however to self-identify what your best abilities are, to assist you in finding out your strengths, try asking yourself questions such as:
1. What kind of work really captivates you?
2. What work can't you wait to start doing?
3. What type of work do you produce that you are consistently proud of?
Why use Strength-based Leadership?
Research carried out by Gallup states that if your supervisor focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged at work are only 1% and also that 60% of people actively are more engaged when the manager is focusing on the employee's strengths over their weaknesses.
This type of management makes the employee feel valuable and can also bring the best out of some people if they are working to their strengths at all times. This could also translate into impressive improvements to where the individual can really excel into higher positions doing what they do the best.
Effective Hiring and creativity
Acquiring such a diverse and skillful team can be a problem for some team leaders in today’s world. Adopting a strength based leadership style will allow you to seek out individuals that have a range of different strengths, skill sets and ideas. All of these attributes put together can produce a strong team.
Hiring a wide range of skilled people also brings the creativity levels up, as everybody has their own ideas and creative side that can be used to help benefit a company.
Improving delegation to those who are skilled
A key advantage of strength based leadership is that you are able to delegate tasks that you are not the strongest in to other people, who may be more skilled than you. The whole aim of strength based leadership is to recognise what your strengths and weaknesses are and work with them. Results can also be improved by asking the people “who wants to be on the task” rather than just forcing your team members to work on a project which they may not be good at or particularly want to, if somebody actually wants to work on a project, they will also want to make it the best they can, as opposed to somebody just doing the job because they were told to.
Delegating tasks also takes a weight off your shoulder and is a great example of using what you have within your workforce.
Leadership is a wonderful position that can really make a difference to people's lives, as such it should be respected and treated seriously. Whether you’ve been on leadership training or you are naturally talented in it, there is always more to learn. Adopting a strength based leadership could see your organisation flourish with diversity and quality.