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Strengths Based Leadership

My friend recently sent me a copy of the new book, Strengths Based Leadership, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. I’ve long been a StrengthsFinder fan, reading almost every book that has been out on the subject. This is probably because one of my strengths themes is Individualization, or the ability to appreciate the unique qualities of each person. I’ve always been fascinating about the unique qualities of people and how they think, work, and feel.

This book was an interesting look at what makes a leadership team successful, and the four domains of leadership strength. Looking at these domains helped me realize why I am so productive — because three of my five strengths lie in the “executing” domain.

The domains also made me realize what kind of people I need to gather around myself to have a stronger, more effective team.

It’s interesting to read the section that talks about each individual strength, and how that person can better lead. Sometimes, a recommendation is made in regards to tasks, environments, what other types of person to work with, or leadership roles.

For example, I noticed how some of these recommend that you have certain people work on their own, or not to promote them, as their strength may not line up with what makes managers successful. A person with the “Responsible” theme might get frustrated when he or she is placed as a manager over other people, as they will feel personally responsible for other people’s performance. Since I live with a family member who is very strong in this theme, I can see how this might be true!

It’s a book definitely worth reading for teams who work together.

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  • Reply Pete

    Thanks for the tip on the book. Looks like a good one. The “strengths revolution” has been an eye-opening one for me, but I’m still processing the concept. I see how it applies quite well for high-level leaders, but am not sure how well it applies for mid-level managers and “worker bees.” I need more experience to make-up my mind. What do you think?

    February 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Angela Yee

    I think it applies to everyone! Now Discover Your Strengths talks about this… how people can be excellent at any level and apply these strengths. Part of the study was the author investigated people of different trades, including housekeepers and truck drivers and data entry people.

    I think it’s all quite fascinating! 🙂

    February 24, 2009 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Pete

    Oh yeah, that’s right, he did say that. Cool, that makes sense.

    March 6, 2009 at 7:46 am
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