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

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 Strengths Based Leadership Presentation Transcript

  • Strengths Based Leadership
    Presented by Eric K. Kaufman,
  • Early Leadership Theory: Traits
    Premise:
    All great leaders have common traits
    Challenge:
    Identify the leadership traits
    Make people with those traits the leaders
  • Explaining Leadership Differences: Style Approaches to Leadership
    Leadership Grid
    Situational Leadership
    View slide
  • Strengths-Based Leadership
    Argues that we all have innate talents to be developed into strengths
    Views leadership as a collective process
    Recommends different strengths for different leadership situations
    View slide
  • “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.”
    - Donald O. Clifton, Gallup Researcher and Father of Strengths Psychology
  • Key Findings from 50 Years of Gallup Research (Rath & Conchie, 2008)
    “All too often, leaders are blind to the obvious when it comes to something of critical importance to them – their own personality.”
    • Rath & Conchie, 2008, p. 11
    The most effective leaders:
    Are always investing in strengths
    Surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team
    Understand their followers needs
  • Domains of Leadership Strength
    Present-Oriented
    Task-Oriented
    People-Oriented
    Future-Oriented
  • Executing Domain
    Know how to make things happen
    Have ability to “catch” an idea and make it happen
  • Relationship Building Domain
    Provide essential glue that holds the team together
    Create groups and organizations that are much greater than the sum of their parts
  • Strategic Thinking Domain
    Keep us all focused on what could be
    Constantly absorbing and analyzing information and helping the team make better decisions
  • Influencing Domain
    Help the team reach a broader audience
    Take charge, speak up, and make sure the group is heard
  • Strengths-Based Leadership
    Argues that we all have innate talents to be developed into strengths
    Views leadership as a collective process
    Recommends different strengths for different leadership situations
  • Lessons for Practice
    “A leader is someone who can get things done through other people.”
    Warren Buffet (as cited by Rath & Conchie, 2008, p. 79)