FOWLER: Strengthening Strengths-Based Leadership | Local News


I have the privilege of facilitating a workshop on strengths-based leadership that will be held soon. I’m very excited about this for two main reasons:

1. Strengths-based leadership is one of the best tools for improving organizations and their results. And I love helping leaders build great organizations.

2. I learn more about my strengths and how to apply them while helping others.

Doing the work you love while honing your skills is a very good thing.

What is Strengths-Based Leadership?

Talents are our natural patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior. Turning our talents into assets requires investing in those talents. If we don’t take the time to invest in our talents, they will never become a strength.

Not investing in our talents is wasting them.

But we only have 24 hours in a day. The only way to invest in our talents is to know what they are and build our lives around those talents.

Talent x Investment = Strength

Gallup is the global leader in helping people know and play to their strengths. The Talent x Investment = Strength formula was presented to the public in their book “StrengthsFinder 2.0”. To understand how a formula works, you need to understand inputs. Here’s how Gallup defines each part of its formula.

Talent: A natural way of thinking, feeling or behaving.

Investment: Time spent practicing, developing your skills and building your knowledge base.

Strength: The ability to consistently deliver near-perfect performance.

Strengths-based development empowers people

Gallup data shows that people who are given the opportunity to use their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and to strongly agree that they have the opportunity to do what they do the best every day.

People who have the opportunity to use their strengths at work are also three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life. How awesome is that?

Strengths-based development drives business performance

A strengths-based management approach is the best way to improve the employee-manager relationship. It is common knowledge that employees leave their managers much more often than their companies. When the employee-manager relationship improves, team members become more engaged and stay with the organization longer.

As expected, this improves business performance. Research shows that strength-based development leads to:

– 7 to 23% more employee engagement.

– 10 to 19% more sales.

– Performance increased by 8-18%.

– 14-29% increase in profits.

It’s something exciting! Improved lives and better business results are things we can all support. I look forward to digging deeper into this topic over the next few weeks and sharing with you how we can all build on our strengths.

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Curt Fowler is Chairman of Fowler & Company and Director of Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey. He is dedicated to helping leaders build great organizations and improve their lives and the lives of the people they lead.

Curt and the team at FHRS help leaders build great companies with virtual CFO, strategy, tax, and accounting services.

Curt is a syndicated business writer, keynote speaker, and business consultant. He has an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School, is a CPA, and is a very good guy as defined by his wife and five children.

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