Leading With Your Strengths

“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”

~Bob Conklin

Leading With Your Strengths

By Joelle Jay

To better understand the practice of tapping into your brilliance, it is helpful to understand the philosophy on which it is based: a strengths approach to leadership.

A strengths approach brings your brilliance to life. In order to be your best, you maximize your strengths and manage your weaknesses. Then you are emphasizing the elements of you that are enduring and unique. You are growing in the areas of your inherent strength, where the possibilities for your potential are greatest.

If you want to be your best, you need to build on what’s brilliant about you. You can develop an approach to leadership that uses all of your attributes in the most advantageous way. You save time, energy, and effort. You get better results, because you are doing things in a way that works best for you. You discover what it truly means to achieve success with quality of life, because they are one and the same. Best of all, you do this not by changing who you are, but by becoming more of who you are.  Because who you are… is brilliant (Jay, p. 89).

From: Jay, J.K., (2009).  The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership.  Santa Barbara: CA, ABC CLIO.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call To Action

Catch yourself using your strengths this week. Doesn’t that feel good?