To help organizations grow it is important to tap into people’s strength. Strengths-based leadership is a way to lead others which build on people’s strengths. Strength-based leadership empowers leaders and the employees, fosters a healthy and positive workplace culture. As the world is constantly changing, employees face an increased level of stress and uncertainty. This can lead to lowered productivity, absenteeism, lack of engagement at work, and high turnover rates.
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Under these conditions, leaders can not be just task-oriented, running effective meetings, delegating work, etc. It is important for leaders to find out the ways to engage, inspire, motivate, and develop people to become more resilient. Leaders should make people flourish despite daily challenges.
Strength-based-leadership enables leaders to bring out the best in others by working on their core strengths. The main objective behind strength-based-leadership is to build on an individual’s best characteristics to increase the chances of success.
Strength-based leadership is based on the concept like Positive Psychology, PsyCap which is based on the concept of harness and building people’s skills, talents, and capabilities. This leadership style does not say that one should not work on weaknesses – however, it pays attention to the fact that organizations will gain the most when they build on people’s strengths rather than focusing on their deficits.
Characteristics of Strengths-based leader.
- Strengths-based leaders demonstrate hope, optimism, resilience – They invest in the strengths of people, direct them towards the goal, and influence them to follow the vision. They are optimistic and firmly believe in harnessing employees’ strong characteristics.
- Strength-based leaders recognise and hone on the strengths and skills of employees. – They are very transparent and authentic in their relationship with their employees. Have a strong guiding principle, create a positive impact and enable workplace environment which helps people to reach their full potential.
- Strength-based leaders build trust, confidence, and followership – They create an environment of doing and consistently follow that. This enables employees to be energized, engaged and motivated to go over and above what is expected of them. They also promote and align the strengths of others towards achieving outcomes, performance and organizational success.
How to become a strengths-based leader?
- First, understand your top strengths. Know the way to harness the top strengths and work towards them. This will act as a leadership enabler.
- It is also important to recognize the shadow side of the strength. Sometimes, overusing a strength can also become a problem as it can act as a derailer in some situations.
- A leader should also understand that what motivates the staff. In order to lead effectively, the leader should need to know the people, what are their values, their strengths, and the difference they want to create.
- Create an environment where everyone gets a chance to be successful. A leader’s success is completely based on the success of their followers.
- A leader can also get a coach. The coach will help to reflect on your practices as a leader. A coach will assist you to set goals, work on strengths, gives an objective perspective about everything. A coach can act as a sounding board who can reflect back the things on which the leader needs to work.