Strengths Based Leadership

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This was from a presentation in April 2011 to the Roanoke District United Methodist ministers.

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  • They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.
  • Example: Monique McBride (associate minister for Christian education @ Trinity GNV) can lead any project, but sometimes people get bowled over in the process.
  • Example: Pastor Jeff (Marty’s minister in Nashville) was great with small groups, but struggled when promoted to senior minister
  • Example: Karen Kaufman (NEO Synod Resource Center Director) connects people to resources and examples that highlight what could be, but becomes frustrated when others don’t see the opportunity.
  • Example: Troy Holloway (Director of Generosity @ Trinity GNV) is charismatic and has a proven record with securing support for projects missions, but hates to get bogged down with details.
  • Strengths Based Leadership

    1. 1. Strengths Based Leadership<br />Presented by Eric K. Kaufman,<br />
    2. 2. Early Leadership Theory: Traits<br />Premise: <br />All great leaders have common traits<br />Challenge: <br />Identify the leadership traits<br />Make people with those traits the leaders<br />
    3. 3. Explaining Leadership Differences: Style Approaches to Leadership<br />Leadership Grid<br />Situational Leadership<br />
    4. 4. Strengths-Based Leadership<br />Argues that we all have innate talents to be developed into strengths<br />Views leadership as a collective process<br />Recommends different strengths for different leadership situations<br />
    5. 5. “A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.”<br />- Donald O. Clifton, Gallup Researcher and Father of Strengths Psychology<br />
    6. 6. Key Findings from 50 Years of Gallup Research (Rath & Conchie, 2008)<br />“All too often, leaders are blind to the obvious when it comes to something of critical importance to them – their own personality.”<br /><ul><li>Rath & Conchie, 2008, p. 11</li></ul>The most effective leaders:<br />Are always investing in strengths<br />Surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team<br />Understand their followers needs<br />
    7. 7. Domains of Leadership Strength<br />Present-Oriented<br />Task-Oriented<br />People-Oriented<br />Future-Oriented<br />
    8. 8. Executing Domain<br />Know how to make things happen<br />Have ability to “catch” an idea and make it happen<br />
    9. 9. Relationship Building Domain<br />Provide essential glue that holds the team together<br />Create groups and organizations that are much greater than the sum of their parts<br />
    10. 10. Strategic Thinking Domain<br />Keep us all focused on what could be<br />Constantly absorbing and analyzing information and helping the team make better decisions<br />
    11. 11. Influencing Domain<br />Help the team reach a broader audience<br />Take charge, speak up, and make sure the group is heard<br />
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    13. 13. Strengths-Based Leadership<br />Argues that we all have innate talents to be developed into strengths<br />Views leadership as a collective process<br />Recommends different strengths for different leadership situations<br />
    14. 14. Lessons for Practice<br />“A leader is someone who can get things done through other people.”<br />Warren Buffet (as cited by Rath & Conchie, 2008, p. 79)<br />

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