Great leaders understand the value of being strength-based. A strength-based leader is someone who has found, continues to develop, and consistently works in areas of personal strengths. Below are three reason why you should be a strength-based leader:
1. You’re strongest in your strengths-
Leaders are the strongest and most effective when working in areas of personal strengths. This brings up the question about what we should do with our weaknesses. Donald Clifton defines a weakness as “anything that gets in the way of excellent performance.” Areas of weakness should be avoided or delegated so they don’t cause you to be ineffective. Being strength-based allows you to make the best use of your skills and abilities. It positions you to excel toward your personal and leadership potential.
2. You see maximum return on investments-
Strength-based leader’s see a multiplying return on their time, energy, and effort. A significant reason you should work in your strengths is that you will see an increase of productivity and produce higher level of quality results. This is essential to your leadership because a responsibility you have is to create change and deliver results by influencing people toward a better future. Being in your strength zones is a perquisite to seeing maximum results on your investments.
3. You acquire the rewards-
Those who are competent strength-based leaders are greatly rewarded. They key factor is to stay in your strengths until you become a competent expert in your niche or industry. This allows you to produce both inward and outward rewards. Inward rewards can include feelings of significance, fulfillment, and accomplishment. Outward rewards might include financial gain, work perks, increase of influence, and achieving your wildest dreams. These rewards come when you find, develop, and consistently work in your areas of strengths.
Questions: What benefits have you seen from being strength-based? Can you add to the list? What are some other reasons a leader should be strength-based?