Leading From Strength

Liner Notes

In today’s podcast, Dr. Miller discusses 2 tools to help leaders learn how to lead form their strengths.  The first tool is The Strength Finders Assessment and the Second is the Myers Briggs Personality Assessment.

Why Focus on Strengths

  1. Success – You’re more likely to experience success when working from your strengths
    • The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths, their own and the strengths of their employees.
  2. Performance – You’ll be able to move from acceptable performance to near perfect performance
  3. Efficiency – When you concentrate on areas of natural strength, you can make greater improvement than you can when you concentrate on “fixing” weaknesses
  4. Satisfaction – Succeeding in an area of strength brings deeper fulfillment than shoring up a weakness
    • Engagement levels are 73% when leadership focuses on strengths.
    • Engagement levels drop to 9% when they fail to focus on strengths.

4 Components that make up your Strengths

Knowledge

How much you know about your job—the “What do I know?”

EXAMPLE: A history teacher who has a deep understanding of the subject matter and can recall the relevant information when it is needed.

Skill

The ability to perform the fundamental tasks of a job—the “What I can do?”

EXAMPLE:  A teacher, who has practiced his the presentation of his knowledge so that others can easily grasp that same knowledge.

Talent

A naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied to a job—the “What sets me apart from others?”

EXAMPLE:  A teacher incorporates creative and stimulating methods into their presentation that captivate students.

Spirit-Gifting

Empowerment by the Holy Spirit of God with a unique gifting for the building up of the Body of Christ—the “What has God equipped me to be?”

Strengths

The ability to provide unique and invaluable performance in a job.

STRENGTH = (KNOWLEDGE + SKILL + TALENT) x GIFTING

Strength Finders

34 Themes

  • Download All 34_Themes_Full_Descriptions HERE
  • You can see the list of Dr. Miller’s top 5 Strengths HERE

4 Leadership Domains

  1. Relating Themes: Working with others
    1. Communication
    2. Empathy
    3. Harmony
    4. Includer
    5. Individualization
    6. Relator
    7. Responsibility
  2. Striving Themes: Working harder
    1. Achiever
    2. Activator
    3. Adaptability
    4. Belief
    5. Discipline
    6. Focus
    7. Restorative
    8. Self-assurance
    9. Significance
  3. Thinking Themes: Working Smarter
    1. Analytical
    2. Arranger
    3. Connectedness
    4. Consistency
    5. Context
    6. Deliberative
    7. Futuristic
    8. Ideation
    9. Input
    10. Intellection
    11. Learner
    12. Strategic
  4. Impacting Themes: Influencing Others
    1. Command
    2. Competition
    3. Developer
    4. Maximizer
    5. Positivity
    6. Woo

Using Strengths to Build Teams

  • Teams must have a representation of strengths in each of these four domains.
  • Instead of one dominant leader who tries to do everything or individuals who all have similar strengths, contributions from all four domains lead to a strong and cohesive team.
  • Individuals don’t need to be well-rounded, but teams do.

Watch your language

Strengths are all to often overlooked & treated as negatives…

  1. “She is so impulsive.”
  2. “He is so anal about all the details.”
  3. “He is just a dreamer and can’t focus on the task.”
  4. “Why does he always question everything?”

Which do you practice?

  • Strengths Building?
  • Weakness fixing?

The show was packed full of so much information on Leading From Strength, that Dr. Miller was not able to get to the materials on MBTI.  He plans to cover this material next week.