Why Learn About Strengths? Strengths are qualities that empower people to do specific things very well Gallup research shows that highly successful people learn to play to their strengths and manage/minimize their weaknesses
Research on the Best of the Best Indicates... High achievers excel because they more fully develop and apply their strengths and talents High achievers find ways to apply their strengths to their tasks High achievers build their lives around their strengths
What is a Strength? Attitudes that sustain efforts toward achievement and excellence Behavior patterns that make a person effective Beliefs that empower a person to succeed Motivations that propel a person to take action and maintain the energy needed to achieve Thought patterns that make a person efficient/effective
Definition of a Strength A recurring pattern of thought feeling or behavior... When productively applied... Predict “near perfect” performance.
Strengths-Based Leadership Myth #1: As you grow, your personality changes Truth: As you grow, you become more of who you already are. Myth #2: You will grow the most in your areas of greatest weakness. Truth: You will grow the most in your areas of greatest strength. Myth #3: A good team member does whatever it takes to help the team. Truth: A good team member deliberately volunteers his or her strengths to the team most of the time.
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