Imagine: What if there was an approach to workplace management that enabled you to bring forth the best from every person on your team? Well, this is not hyperbole. In fact, there is a leadership style that can foster that exact outcome. I’d like to introduce you to Strengths-based Leadership.
The Main Principle of Strengths-Based Leadership
Strengths-based leadership is a workplace development method that caters to the natural skills and abilities of your teammates. Many organizations are fitting square pegs into round holes when they delegate tasks. They fail to take into account the individual’s unique strengths when assigning duties. This is to say people can’t learn new skills—they absolutely can (and should).
However, you’re certainly not making things any easier on yourself—or your teammates—by handing off duties that are not within the person’s wheelhouse of expertise.
Some of the advantages of adopting strengths-based leadership in your workplace include:
- More positive and productive work environment
- Better results achieved more efficiently
- Empowerment of team members
- Enhancement in workplace relationships
The most important principle in strengths-based leadership is to remember that every single individual has unique strengths and the ability to thrive in successful ways.
2. Crisis (Adversity)
I think many people have this romantic idea that if something is meant to be, the stars will magically align for them. But the truth is adversity is par for the course. And it’s not to sway you from your chosen or predetermined path. Instead, adversity is there to develop you. Crisis actually makes you better; crisis is an opportunity to refine your business model. But it’s at this point where the next step takes place…
What Real Leaders Look For
So what are leaders looking for in this kind of work environment? It may seem counterintuitive but here’s the thing. Leaders aren’t so much looking for recognition from others, but they’re looking for others to recognize! So as a strengths-based leader, your primary focus is on looking to acknowledge and celebrate others rather than hoping and wishing others will celebrate you.
It’s a mindset that’s focused on giving instead of getting. Here are a few examples of things a leader with a strengths-based mindset might say:
- I’m constantly impressed by your performance
- Thank you for your incredibly hard work ethic
- I appreciate your remarkable skills and talents
Effective leaders appreciate and celebrate individuals. The more individuals you celebrate, the more people you’ll empower, and the greater environment you’ll create.
The success of any organization always comes back to the people within. When those individuals’ skills and talents are nurtured and acknowledged, the seeds have been planted for a flourishing business to sprout. Strengths-based leaders facilitate this outcome. As a result, teams will begin to thrive in this new environment.
At Certified Flourishing Coach, we offer evidence-based programs in everything from business and entrepreneurship to coaching and creativity. And the best part? Our expert team of facilitators is here to guide you through the process, step by step. So if you’re ready, contact us today to learn more.
About the Author
Abe Brown, MBA, CMCT, CPHSA is the Coach’s Coach, and is an Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, and High-Performance Leadership Coach. He is the founder of Certified Flourishing Coaching™, the Flourishing Life Coaching Program™, and Flourishing Workplace. Abe is also the author of the Certified Flourishing Coaching™ Programs.