When we’re able to put most of our energy into developing our natural talents, extraordinary room for growth exists. – Tom Rath
Thanks for checking out the Always Forward Leadership Podcast. In this conversation, Tim and I dive into strengths and how important investing in strengths is for your team and organization to thrive.
Just to give you some context, these are our top 5 strengths according to Gallup:
- Ron: Strategic, Achiever, Learner, Maximizer, Futuristic
- Tim: Positivity, Woo, Maximizer, Activator, Strategic
If you’re familiar with the 34 Gallup Strengths, you’ll probably understand both of us a little bit better just knowing our top five! But, regardless of whether you use this scale of measuring strengths or something different, you simply can’t be a high performing organization without knowing your teams’ strengths.
Why? Without knowing strengths, you won’t know how to best invest in the potential of your teammates. As you’ll hear in the discussion, we believe great leaders and organizations invest in strengths, not in weaknesses. However, knowing where your team is weak is important so you can hire for those areas to bring balance and diversity to your organizational makeup. If you don’t know your strengths, you may end up hiring the same person over and over again.
Whether you’re new to this conversation or you’re a huge believer in strengths and talent-based hiring, I know this podcast will help you become a better leader.
Question: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Have you developed a team that will bring diversity of strengths and compensate for the areas in which you, as the leader, are not strong?