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Transcript of StrengthsQuest
Why strengths work:
When organizations fail to focus on strengths, odds of employees being engaged are 9%. When an organization's leadership focuses on strengths, odds soared to 73% (3 out of 4 employees!)
The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team. While the best leaders aren't well-rounded, their teams are! Teams exist in the four domains...
Without an awareness of your strengths, it's almost impossible for you to lead effectively.
A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths--and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.
Investing in YOUR Strengths
And besides, you'll be richer and healthier if you do!
Maximizing your Team
Four Domains of Leadership:
Although individuals need not be well-rounded, teams should be.
Leaders with dominant strength in the Executing domain know how to make things happen. When you need someone to implement a solution, these are the people who will work tirelessly to get it done. Leaders with a strength to execute have the ability to "catch" an idea and make it a reality.
Those who lead with by Influencing help their team reach a much broader audience. People with strength in this domain are always selling the team's ideas inside and outside the organization. When you need someone to take charge, speak up, and make sure your group is heard, look to someone with the strength to influence.
Those who lead through Relationship Building are the essential glue that holds a team together. Without these strengths on a team, in many cases, the group is simply a composite of individuals. In contrast, leaders with exceptional Relationship Building strength have the unique ability to create groups and organizations that are much greater than the sum of their parts.
Leaders with great Strategic Thinking strengths are the ones who keep us all focused on what could be. They are constantly absorbing and analyzing information and helping the team make better decisions. People with strength in this domain continually stretch our thinking for the future.
Founder and CEO
Teach for America
Top 5 Strengths:
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 work.
4. Strong teams embrace diversity.
5. Strong teams are magnets for talent.
-Knowing what you do well
-Knowing your place within a well-rounded team
-Delegating to others' strengths, making wise choices
Discussion: What are you "excellent" at?
Have you been able to do something that came naturally to you, where others might have struggled?
WORD OF WARNING: You can't ignore your weaknesses and you have to work to build your strengths. The best CAPITALIZE on their strengths and MANAGE their non-strengths.
Weakness fixing avoids failure. Strengths building leads to success.
Using Your Strengths for Academic and Pre-professional Success
How can you use your strengths to serve students?
1. As you read your strength descriptions, what words, phrases, or lines stand out to you?
2. Out of all the talents in your strengths, what would you like for others to see most in you?
Teams should be well-rounded, therefore, you need to know others' strengths.
Activity: Mapping your strengths, choosing which strengths to use at any given time
Top 5 Strengths:
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