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Understanding your teams' Leadership Strengths Skills

Elaine Porcher
Elaine Porcher

Leadership Strengths Finder

 

Our strengths and shortcomings help to shape our work experience. Often, we’re taught to focus on our weaknesses in hopes of self-improvement. However, identifying and focusing on specific skill sets has proven advantageous in the work place. Utilizing your passive strengths increases productivity and helps to build more solid professional relationships. There are also links to self-confidence and productivity. When your confidence in a particular subject or work environment improve, so does your ability to take risks and accomplish more within your work life. While navigating through these complexities can seem difficult, those with The Leadership Program are the purveyors of a curated plan to help simplify things. First, let’s break down some basics:

 

What Does it Mean to Focus on your Strengths?

 Focusing on your strengths simply means you’re assessing what you’re good at, working to improve those skills, sharing that knowledge with others and using these qualities in your professional relationships.

 

The Problems with Focusing on Weaknesses

  • People generally focus on areas they feel need improvement. While working on weaknesses can be commendable or even a necessity in the work place, studies show mainly focusing on the negative leads to self-doubt

  • In leadership positions focusing on a team member’s shortcomings rather than their strengths can also lead to their self-doubt and a decrease in their productivity

  • Highlighting a weakness without acknowledgment of strengths can cause dejection when an improvement isn’t immediately made

  • Ego depletion comes from working on problems without replenishment

 

Why Do We Focus on Weaknesses?

Short answer? Evolution. Negative Bias was a way to keep us from eating poisonous things or engaging with dangerous predators. Now, it makes us hyper-aware of our own and others’ personal weaknesses.

 

Why Focus on Strengths?

  • Your strengths are often in subjects you already enjoy, therefore, ego depletion happens at a slower rate

  • Personal growth happens at a higher rate when strengths are the focal point vs. weaknesses

  • Focusing on tasks that make you happy increases self-confidence.

 

Focusing on the Strengths of those you Manage:

  • You become a resource for your employees in whom they can confide

  • Builds trust within the team, as they feel seen and recognized for their strengths rather than their weaknesses

  • Confidence with and within staff = an increase in productivity

 

 How Can The Leadership Program Help?

 

It’s evident that highlighting someone’s strengths can benefit a company’s productivity, workforce morale and general health, but how does The Leadership Program optimize this focus? Well, we start by honing in on your employees strengths, of course. Beginning with a self-assessment , we delve into your staff’s top strengths and figure out the relatively best use of those strong points.

Great leaders aren’t always born that way—often they’re taught! Some of our strongest leaders are those who have allowed themselves to learn and be lead. TLP can teach your management teams how to read their Employee Strength Reports and create individual management plans—personalized for each employee’s unique skill sets. As explained in our webinar, this re-focused atmosphere sets up both employer and employee for success!

 

The Stats

  • 5% increase in productivity (according to several Gallup polls)

  • An employee who uses their strengths is 5x more likely to understand their role (Gallup)

  • Mentally, you need FIVE positive thoughts/feedback to negate ONE negative comment

 

 

 

 

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Elaine Porcher

By Elaine Porcher

Elaine Porcher is the Senior Director of Business Development for The Leadership Program where she is responsible for enriching school and community partnerships and designing programs that help transform school culture in New York City and nationwide. With over 20 years of experience designing curriculum and facilitating workshops for parents, educators and students, Elaine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to schools and communities that include finding strategic solutions for districts nationwide, coaching teachers in student engagement and providing effective management tools that motivate and excite staff.