Tuesday, March 28, 2017

STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP


SHARED FROM THE BOOK:

STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP

DON CLIFTOM

TOM RATH

Gallup press, New York

266 pages

 

 

INVESTING IN YOUR STRENGHTS

 

Organizations are quick to look for leaders who are great communicators, visionary thinkers, and who can also get things done and follow through.  This is the greatest misconception of what we want: well-rounded leader.  Most spent their career in leadership role focusing on trying to mimic traits of leaders they know or read about.

 

Leaders need to be aware of their strengths to be able to lead effectively.  We all lead in very different ways, based on talents and limitations.

 

All too often leaders are blind to their own personality.  They simply don’t know their strengths and weaknesses.  Based on an analysis of Gallup’s 2007 Global client database, majority of people do not have the opportunity to do what they do best every day.  People need to build self-confidence rather than focusing on weaknesses.

 

 

 

MAXIMIZING YOUR TEAM

 

Effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and build on each person’s strengths.  But sadly, people are rarely recruited because of their strengths that are best in complementing those existing team members.  Leaders tend to pick people who act, think, or behave like themselves.  Contributions from the 4 domains of leadership strengths will lead to a strong and cohesive team.

 

4 domains of leadership strengths

Executing
know how to make things happen
have the ability to ‘catch’ an idea and make it a reality
Influencing
will help reach a much broader audience
Relationship building
Are actually the essential glue that holds the team together
Strategic thinking
Will keep the team focus on what could be
Will continually stretch our thinking for the future

 

 

SIGNS OF STRONG, HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS

Conflict doesn’t destroy strong teams because strong teams focus on results
.
Debate doesn’t cause them to fragment
.
While people may have different views, they are united in seeking the truth
Strong teams prioritize what’s best for the organization and then move forward
.
Able to keep the larger goals in view
Members of strong teams are as committed to their personal  lives as they are to their work
.
Highly engaged in their work, and highly satisfied with their personal lives
Strong teams embrace diversity
.
The most engaged teams look at individuals through the lens of their natural strengths
Strong teams are magnets for talents

 

 

 

 

UNDERSTANDING WHY PEOPLE FOLLOW

 

You are a leader only if others follow.  Leaders are only as strong as the connections they make with each person in their constituency.  Many continue to focus on leaders but ignore the leader’s impact on, and the opinions of the people lead by the leaders.

 

Followers’ 4 Basic Needs

Trust

Compassion

Stability

Hope

 

The most effective leaders know better than to try to be someone they are not.  Leaders stay true to who they are.  They make sure they have the right people around them.

 

Those who surround themselves with similar personalities

Will always be at a disadvantage in the long run.

Leaders should secure themselves to enlist partners

With complementary strengths

 

The most effective leaders also get people to follow.  They develop the people who follow to be effective leaders as well.  The ultimate test of a leader is not what you are able to do here and now, but instead what continue to grow long after you’re gone.

 

 

 

LEADING WITH YOUR STRENGTHS: THE 34 THEMES

 

1. Achiever
13. Deliberative
24. Learner
2. Activator
14. Developer
 
3. Adaptability
15. Discipline
25. Maximizer
4. Analytical
 
 
5. Arranger
16. Empathy
26. Positivity
 
 
 
6. Belief
17. Focus
27. Relator
 
18. Futuristic
28. Responsibility
7. Command
 
29. Restorative
8. Communication
19. Ideation
 
9. Competition
20. Includer
30. Self-assurance
10. Connectedness
21. Individualization
31. Strategic
11. Consistency
22. Input
 
12. Context
23. Intellection
32. Woo

 

 

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

BECOMING YOUR BEST: PRINCIPLES 9 - 12


SHARED FROM THE BOOK:

BECOMING YOUR BEST

(THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL LEADERS)

STEVEN R. SHALLENBERGER

McGraw Hill Education

260 pages

 

 


 

 

PRINCIPLE 9: TRANSFORMATION LIVING: BE ACCOUNTABLE

 

Take responsibility and do what you say you will do

 

Take responsibility rather than blaming something or someone.  Evaluate what you could have done better.  Being accountable goes beyond just taking responsibility for your actions.  Being accountable requires a determination to never give up.

 

3 ACCOUNTABILITY STRATEGIES

1. Control what you can control

Control how you response to challenges, frustrations, and aggravations

Control your actions, thoughts and responses

You can’t change circumstances but you can change yourself

 

2. Develop relationship agreements

Helps avoid misunderstanding and sets clear expectations

 

3. Eliminate procrastination and follow through

Distractions are the doors for procrastination

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPLE 10: TRANSFORMATIONAL LIVING: APPLYING THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE

 

Learn, learn, learn, and apply what you’ve learned to reach new heights

 

Actions and behavior follow the thoughts.  It will have an enormous impact on the ability to achieve dreams.  With knowledge and experience comes wisdom; which then allows us to make better use of knowledge.  Gaining knowledge will allow one to see things more clearly with a better understanding.

 

Humility is one of the most important qualities for leaders.  Humility allows us to be open to new thoughts and ideas.

 

 

3 APPROACH TO THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE

1. Hunger to learn

2. Humility

3. Willingness to try new things

 

 

3 DYNAMIC WAYS TO GROW THROUGH KNOWLEDGE

i. Stimulate and exercise the mind

The quality of life is directly affected by the choices made

3 game changer:

a. develop the habit of reading at least one book a month

b. invest 3% of income acquiring more knowledge through seminars, training, books and personal development courses

c. surround yourself with people who inspire and lift you

Look for wise mind to consult

 

ii. Regularly access the external environment

The things that worked yesterday may not work tomorrow

Forces of change (external environment) are things outside your control

 

iii. Invite and get feedback

Use it as an improvement tool

Effective keys to gaining knowledge through feedback:

Assemble a network of people who will provide honest, insightful opinions

Know how to solicit and accept feedback through questions

Be prepared to accept feedback

Be quick to listen, humble, open and willing to learn from others

Feedback is a powerful way to get valuable information

Foster feedback by:

Complementing those who gave it

Taking it into account in visible ways

Giving positive responses

Best way to ask for suggestions and advice in an informal settings

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPLE 11: TRANSFORMATIONAL LIVING: LIVE IN PEACE AND BALANCE

 

Peace is not only in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hardwork.

Peace is in the midst of things as they are,

When there is calm in your heart.

That is the real meaning of peace.

 

 

4 STEPS TO FINDING PEACE AMID TURMOIL

1. Increase balance in your life

Finding peace and balance requires inner strengths.

The 6 areas of circle of peace and balance:

i. Physical and emotional health

ii. Mental health

iii. Financial aspects

iv. Security and safety

v. Social life and relationships

vi. Spiritual life

if your life is not in balance, cruise along for a while, but remember: problems will occur and breakdown may be inevitable

 

2. Increase your peace through meditation

Taking a few moments during the day to relax or meditate can increase performance and effectiveness.

 

3. laugh often

Laughter and sense of humour are infectious

Laughter triggers healthy physical responses in the body

Strengthen the immune system

Increase energy

Reduces pain

Relieves stress

Humour can lighten burdens, brighten spirits, inspire hope, connect top others and help to stay focus

Laughter and a good sense of humour can change a tense situation into more inviting and relaxed

The ability to laugh at yourself maybe the beneficial form of humour

A strong sense of humour can help

Reduces stress

Overcome challenges

Strengthen relationships

Enhance physical and emotional health

 

4. See yourself in a positive light

Accept yourself, love yourself

Accept that you can’t always be perfect

Forgive yourself for mistakes and failures

Commit to learning from mistakes and failures and move forward

2 powerful tools

i. self affirmation (a positive, uplifting phrase that is repeated throughout the day)

ii. positive self-talk

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPLE 12: TRANSFORMATIONAL LIVING: NEVER GIVE UP!

 

Persist – and you will succeed.  Nobody is exempted from life’s challenges.  You should never fear failure.  Virtually everyone will experience failure or setback at some point.  We can learn great lessons from our failures and from the failure of others.

 

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,

But in rising every time we fall

-Confucius-

 

 

3 KEYS TO NEVER GIVE UP

1. Defeat the enemy

The greatest enemy is yourself

 

2. See the value of failure

As a learning process rather than a roadblock

 

3. Hold to a purpose that inspires you

Something that will drive you on

 

….the end….