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Strengths-Based Leadership Workshop
Transcript of Strengths-Based Leadership Workshop
Stephanie Sattler, M.A., M.C.C.
Putting Strengths to Use
Career Counselor, Strengths Educator
What Does it feel like to engaging in activities that capitalize on your strengths?
"One should waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. It takes far more energy to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence."
- Peter Drucker
Over 30 years of Gallup Research
34 Themes to give common language
Possess all 34, but focusing on top 5 to hone our ability/achieve excellence
All 5 in different order: 1 in 278,256
: "At My Best" Reflection/Sharing
Strengths should never be used in hiring - does not assess competency, just propensity
Some use their strengths productively (sunny side), others unproductively (shadow side)
People live out strengths in different ways
An assessment can never make that determination - only someone's demonstrated experience can
Who should I go to when I need to get things done?
Who should I go to when I need to garner support?
Who should I enlist to strengthen bonds and encourage effective team work?
Who will be a great partner to strategize how to work more efficiently and what really matters in what we're doing?
Greater engagement increases productivity: Staff are more likely to endorse products and recommend a company when they feel engaged – increases from
with engaged employees. (Gallup, 2004)
“Since the greatest room for each person's growth is in the areas of his greatest strength, you should focus your training time and money on educating him about his strengths and figuring out ways to build on these strengths rather than on remedially trying to plug his 'skill gaps.' You will find that this one shift in emphasis will pay huge dividends. “
- Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths
Who do you think is the better leader?
Leaders who are dominant in the Executing dimension make things happen and get things done. These leaders work hard to turn ideas into reality.
Leaders whose strengths lie in the Relationship Building dimension are skilled at holding teams together. They are able to develop teams and organizations where individuals work together.
What's your Game Plan?
Reflect on action points in your personalized report.
The most effective leaders...
... are always investing in strengths
... surround themselves with the right people to maximize their team
... understand their followers needs
The Ritz Carlton
Standard Chartered Bank
Founder & CEO
Teach for America
Leaders with strength in the Influencing dimension are able to take control, speak up, and make sure their team’s opinions are heard. These leaders sell their team’s ideas to a broader audience.
Leaders with Strategic Thinking strengths are able to absorb and analyze information, thereby helping their teams make better decisions. They focus on what could be, and stretch others’ thinking.
All 5 in order: 1 in 33,000,000
: Strengths "Treasure Hunt"
Star what you are already doing
Circle what you'll commit to doing
Find an accountability partner
25-year longitudinal study: self-confidence development in emerging adulthood (14-22) and its impact on income, career satisfaction, and health. Showed a "cumulative advantage:" Strengths-focused group made over
more annually, and lower confidence group had
as many health problems. (Judge & Hurst, 2004)
Only 3 out of 10 people report that they play to their strengths in their job (Gallup
People who have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are
more likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than
likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.
When an organization focuses on its employees' strengths,
of employees report engagement (versus 9% when the company does not focus on strengths). (Gallup, 2002)