Strengths Based Leadership

One of the best things in being part of the DLSU Business Management Society is the opportunity to know more about strengths based leadership.  With the mentorship of Mr. Brian Quebengco, BMS officers had the chance to know how to be in positions of strength.Enter Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath.Strengths Finder 2.0 (Patch Aure) [slideshare id=12688023&w=477&h=510&fb=0&mw=0&mh=0&sc=no]

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The presentation above is the result of the Strengths Finder test I took thanks to the Strengths Finder 2.0 book.  What’s amazing is the result – it’s personalized depending on your answers in the test.  My description of my strengths differ from the textbook definition and those from my peers; thus, it gives great insights on one’s personal potentials and areas of strength.

The key insight I have learned now that I try to act based on strengths is that before, why do we keep focusing on our weaknesses and thus letting as tread the path of MOST resistance?  The beauty of acting based on strengths is it transforms you into a specialized individual that allows you to go out of your comfort zone but be confident that you are in your strength zone.  Thus, we tread the path where our strengths are put to the test and our natural gifts are honed and enhanced.

Focusing on weaknesses and eventually improving them turns people into the cliche “Jack of all trades, master of none”.  But focusing strengths and improving them transforms people into gurus, masters, and experts in their areas of strength.

In this competitive world, being average or even above average makes you a mediocre.  However, being below average in most areas but a MASTER of one domain?  The world will forgive your weakness and seemingly worship your strength.

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