Life Lessons for Leaders: Lead From Your Strengths
I was reading yesterday’s blog from one of my favorite leadership bloggers, entitled If Frogs Could Fly. Dan has a great sense of humor, and has the ability to say what he thinks in very succinct ways. His blog on frogs was about leading from your strengths.
I know that when I lead with my strengths, I am very successful and positive changes take place within the team, whether at home or at work. But, how many of us know what our strengths are? I know we all know what our weaknesses are, because we are constantly striving to shore those up. Not only do we spend an enormous amount of time pushing ourselves to be better in one or more weaknesses, many of those around us are bringing them to our attention during performance reviews and in day to day conversations. I would prefer to accept my weaknesses, and concentrate on my strengths. As Dan says:
Trying to excel at everything only dilutes your potential and wastes energy.
Now, I am all about not wasting energy, and I’d like to suggest that you will also be much more happy doing what you are really good at! If you haven’t figured out what your strengths are, I’d like to make a couple of suggestions. First, I have an exercise I walk people through to identify strengths, interests, values, vision, etc. I would like to offer it to you for free. If you would like a copy of that exercise, please fill in the information below, and I will happily send it to you. Secondly, there are a number of assessments you can take to tell you what your strengths are. The first is very well known, and you can gain access to it by purchasing the book “Strengthfinders 2.0”. I just discovered another via a friend of mine, William Powell. A company called Taylor Protocols offers the Core Values Index, which has a 98% accuracy rate over a five year span (if you take the test again in five years, you will most likely test out the same). And finally, there several free assessments at the Authentic Happiness site from the University of Pennsylvania – one of which is measuring your character strengths.
It has taken me a while, but I have accepted several of my weaknesses, and I am willing to let them go. My strengths create so much excitement and wonder in my life, I want to work from those so that I might live life the way it is meant to be.
Wouldn’t you rather lead with a grin on your face because it feels so good to be leading from your strengths?
What weakness will you consciously give up today?
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., specializes in Leadership and Career Coaching. Her focus is on helping women executives and leaders grow their character-based leadership and collaboration skills in their career, business and personal life, maximizing results with ease and grace. Connect with Georgia on her website, blog, LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, or contact her directly at Georgia@CollaborativeTransitions.com