Hosted by:
Using your Strengths to become an
effective Servant Leader
Dan Ryan
Principal
Ryan Search & Consulting
Your goals for today
• What would you like to
accomplish?
Leaders know themselves
• Good leaders know themselves well
• They listen to others and use
feedback effectively
What are Strengths?
• Superior resources and skills that can be drawn
on to exploit opportunities and deal with threats
• ...
How can you identify strengths?
• Self reflection-Self assessment
– Preference indicators
• MBTI
• DISC
– Other assessment...
Knowing yourself
Emotional
Intelligence
• Self Awareness
• Self Management
• Social Awareness
• Relationship Management
EI is much more imp...
StrengthsFinder 2.0
• Measures talent (not strengths)
• Talent only an ingredient of a true strength
– Knowledge, skills, ...
Uses for StrengthsFinder
• Individual Development
– Career choices
– Life choices
• Leader Development
– Informal Coaching...
34 Themes-4 Leadership Domains
Executing Influencing
Relationship
Building
Strategic Thinking
Achiever Activator Adaptabil...
What about this Leader’s Approach?
Executing Influencing
Relationship
Building
Strategic Thinking
Achiever Activator Adapt...
What are your strengths?
Executing Influencing
Relationship
Building
Strategic Thinking
Achiever Activator Adaptability An...
Group Discussion
• Choose three of the listed Talents/Strengths you
feel describe you
– Why did you choose them?
– How do ...
Why Strengths?
• Easier to leverage strengths
vs. fixing
weaknesses/developmental
challenges
• Positive vs. negative
• Res...
What is Servant Leadership?
• Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of
practices that enriches the lives of individua...
More on Servant Leadership
• “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with
the natural feeling that one wants to se...
Why would organizations model
Servant Leadership?
• Three organizations using Servant Leadership
– TD Industries
– YUM! Br...
Firms using Servant Leadership principles?
• TD Industries:
• Ben Houston-Past President and Board Member
– Mechanical Con...
Firms using Servant Leadership principles?
• YUM! Brands
• John Kurnick-CPO; US and India
– We do not directly use the ter...
Firms using Servant Leadership principles?
• Consulting Company in the Southeastern USA
– We work to ensure our clients su...
Servant Leadership
Tying Servant Leadership to Strengths
• Servant leadership
principles
– Humility
– Other-focused
– Serving
– Enabling
– Bu...
So What?
• Servant Leadership is not a program
• Servant Leadership is about culture and engagement
• Understanding your s...
Getting Started
• Commitment from senior leadership
• Education on Servant Leadership
principles and practices
• Assessing...
What next?
• Talent is only an ingredient of a true
strength
– Knowledge, skills, practice are amplifiers for
natural tale...
Tying this all together
• Servant Leadership requires
planning and integration with
business strategy
• Process, not progr...
Steps to Success
• Understand the business
strategy
• Engage and gain support
of senior leadership
• Identify Strengths of...
Thank you!
Dan Ryan
Principal
Ryan Search & Consulting
615 202 0883 cell
615 656 3535 office
Dan@Ryansearch.net
http://rya...
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Using your strengths to become an effective servant leader: SMPS 2013 Orlando

  1. 1. Hosted by: Using your Strengths to become an effective Servant Leader Dan Ryan Principal Ryan Search & Consulting
  2. 2. Your goals for today • What would you like to accomplish?
  3. 3. Leaders know themselves • Good leaders know themselves well • They listen to others and use feedback effectively
  4. 4. What are Strengths? • Superior resources and skills that can be drawn on to exploit opportunities and deal with threats • What are your strengths? – How did you identify them? – Have they changed-are they changing?
  5. 5. How can you identify strengths? • Self reflection-Self assessment – Preference indicators • MBTI • DISC – Other assessment tools • TKI • Emotional Intelligence • StrengthsFinder • Feedback from others – 360 assessment tools
  6. 6. Knowing yourself
  7. 7. Emotional Intelligence • Self Awareness • Self Management • Social Awareness • Relationship Management EI is much more important than “standard” intelligence in the workplace.
  8. 8. StrengthsFinder 2.0 • Measures talent (not strengths) • Talent only an ingredient of a true strength – Knowledge, skills, practice are amplifiers for natural talents – Without facts and skills, talent can go untapped • Talent x Investment = Strength
  9. 9. Uses for StrengthsFinder • Individual Development – Career choices – Life choices • Leader Development – Informal Coaching – Classroom training • Team Development – Improve communication – Maximize contributions
  10. 10. 34 Themes-4 Leadership Domains Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Command Connectedness Context Belief Communication Developer Futuristic Consistency Competition Empathy Ideation Deliberative Maximizer Harmony Input Discipline Self-Assurance Includer Intellection Focus Significance Individualization Learner Responsibility Woo Positivity Strategic Restorative Relator
  11. 11. What about this Leader’s Approach? Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Command Connectedness Context Belief Communication Developer Futuristic Consistency Competition Empathy Ideation Deliberative Maximizer Harmony Input Discipline Self-Assurance Includer Intellection Focus Significance Individualization Learner Responsibility Woo Positivity Strategic Restorative Relator
  12. 12. What are your strengths? Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Command Connectedness Context Belief Communication Developer Futuristic Consistency Competition Empathy Ideation Deliberative Maximizer Harmony Input Discipline Self-Assurance Includer Intellection Focus Significance Individualization Learner Responsibility Woo Positivity Strategic Restorative Relator
  13. 13. Group Discussion • Choose three of the listed Talents/Strengths you feel describe you – Why did you choose them? – How do you use them? How do your strengths affect your leadership style?
  14. 14. Why Strengths? • Easier to leverage strengths vs. fixing weaknesses/developmental challenges • Positive vs. negative • Research based
  15. 15. What is Servant Leadership? • Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. Source: Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
  16. 16. More on Servant Leadership • “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” • “The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.” Servant Leadership-Robert K. Greenleaf
  17. 17. Why would organizations model Servant Leadership? • Three organizations using Servant Leadership – TD Industries – YUM! Brands – Consulting firm in the Southeast
  18. 18. Firms using Servant Leadership principles? • TD Industries: • Ben Houston-Past President and Board Member – Mechanical Contractor; Professional Services firm • Began using Servant Leadership in 1972 • Very involved with the Greenleaf Institute • Key Points and Suggestions: – Servant Leadership is integrated throughout our development process – Not a “one time” thing – Always evolving – Start with a core group – Must come from the top down
  19. 19. Firms using Servant Leadership principles? • YUM! Brands • John Kurnick-CPO; US and India – We do not directly use the term Servant Leadership – We do use much of the same language – Initiated by CEO David Novak in 1997 – Two key documents driving the process • How we Win together • YUM Dynasty – Need a strong culture first for this to take root
  20. 20. Firms using Servant Leadership principles? • Consulting Company in the Southeastern USA – We work to ensure our clients succeed, usually with little or no visibility of our role in the engagement. – We focus on collaboration and do not move forward without their buy-in. – We look for humble, hungry leadership attributes when we interview potential consultants for our work – We see long-term relationships with our clients as a result of this Servant Leadership influence.
  21. 21. Servant Leadership
  22. 22. Tying Servant Leadership to Strengths • Servant leadership principles – Humility – Other-focused – Serving – Enabling – Building – Learning • Comparable Strengths – Developer – Empathy – Learner – Maximizer – Responsibility – Input
  23. 23. So What? • Servant Leadership is not a program • Servant Leadership is about culture and engagement • Understanding your strengths as well as those around you will help with implementation as well as maintaining a Servant Leadership culture
  24. 24. Getting Started • Commitment from senior leadership • Education on Servant Leadership principles and practices • Assessing Strengths of senior leadership • Determining how to best leverage these strengths
  25. 25. What next? • Talent is only an ingredient of a true strength – Knowledge, skills, practice are amplifiers for natural talents – Without facts and skills, talent can go untapped Talent x Investment = Strength
  26. 26. Tying this all together • Servant Leadership requires planning and integration with business strategy • Process, not program • Business Strategy, then Leadership Strategy
  27. 27. Steps to Success • Understand the business strategy • Engage and gain support of senior leadership • Identify Strengths of key leaders • Support the process!
  28. 28. Thank you! Dan Ryan Principal Ryan Search & Consulting 615 202 0883 cell 615 656 3535 office Dan@Ryansearch.net http://ryansearch.net

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