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Strength Based Leadership Approach
GFB are specialists in strengths based leadership development interventions and have delivered over 50+ development events for over 500 leaders to date. A one-size-fits-all broad brush approach to leadership development is not what we do. We have firmly established and seen real return from a focus on strengths and individual differences and seen clear and measurable results in the leaders we work with.
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GFB knows what makes a successful leader
Our research has shown that there is no one size fits all model for an effective leader. Successful leaders differ greatly in the skills, personalities and behaviours which have set them apart and helped them to excel in their respective fields. What great leaders do have in common is self-awareness. They understand where they can best use their strengths to drive an organisation forward, know how to get the best out the people around them and, understand the needs of their followers – they truly know their strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time.
In this uncertain and volatile world, leaders are increasingly under pressure to:
-Innovate to keep pace with changing customer demand.
– Maximise the use of technology to deliver faster and more effective services.
– Build a leadership community, drawing people from across organisations to work together more efficiently and effectively than before.
– Develop outstanding leaders, from an increasingly diverse population, who are aware of their key strengths and use these effectively to build a high performance culture.
Developing transformational leaders who will survive and thrive in this environment is an important job. Leaders speak of wanting the space and time to reflect and to practice how to lead diverse groups of people, engaging with them and winning hearts and minds.
At the core of GFB’s strengths-based leadership approach is the underlying belief that people have several times more potential for growth by building on their strengths, rather than focusing on the areas where they may not be so competent. It is the focus on individual strengths that has been the subject of many recent papers and research into great leadership and the focus of GFB’s strengths based leadership for transformation development programmes.
“A strengths focused leader is one who seeks greater results by ensuring that they and the people they lead are able to play to their strengths”, Roarty and Toogood (2014)
Playing to strengths builds on awareness of what individuals love doing and what motivates them. Strengths based leadership draws on the findings of the “positive psychology” approach which proposes that utilising your personal strengths will result in more positivity, personal engagement, higher levels of motivation, and overall success.
Zenge and Folkman (2009) in their book The Extraordinary Leader draw on data from more than 200,000 individuals and 25,000 leaders to show how leaders can go from being good to great and average to extraordinary. They found that the worst leaders are average at everything and that if individuals focused on developing their strengths – working within the areas they excel – then when combined with the right personal characteristics they could become truly great leaders. As long as fatal flaws can be remedied then excelling in just a small number of areas will have a disproportionate return on the perception of an individual’s leadership skills.
“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything. While our society encourages us to be well-rounded, this approach inadvertently breeds mediocrity. Perhaps the greatest misconception of all is that of the well-rounded leader.” Rath and Conchie (2009)
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