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Strengths-based Leadership

Key Idea

The path to being a leader starts with understanding your strengths. The most effective leaders also recognize how critical it is to build a team with complementary strengths.

Book to Read

Strengths-based Leadership
by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie (2008)

Quick Take from the Book

The Gallup Organization has identified 34 distinct leadership strengths, along four domains:

  1. Executing
  2. Influencing
  3. Relationship building
  4. Strategic thinking

Quote of Note

"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 times."
— Don Clifton (cited in Strengths-based Leadership

Related Styles: Ontological Leadership, Charismatic Leadership

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