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Strengths-based Leadership

Strengths-based Leadership: A Landmark Study of Great Leaders, Teams, and the Reasons Why We Follow

Author : Conchie, Barry

A study of great leaders, teams, and the reasons why people follow. It identifies three keys to being an effective leader: knowing your strengths, getting the right talents on your team, and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.
$47.29
  • Author:
  • Conchie, Barry
  • ISBN:
  • 1595620257
  • isbn-13
  • 9781595620255
  • Publisher:
  • Gallup Press
  • Cover:
  • Hardback
  • Pub. Year:
  • 08-01-2009
  • SKU
  • 9781595620255
  • Number of Units
  • 0
  • Pages:
  • 216

Customer Reviews

  • I read this book because we had two copies of it in the company bookshelf and immediately I grabbed one with very high expectations where I should admit that I was a little bit disappointed. The idea of the book revolves around self-awareness and awareness of the others so whenever you are able to identify your strength and weakness points as well as the others, you will be able to invest in these strength in order to achieve a better leading skills. The book starts with telling stories (I do love story telling very much) and ends with identifying 34 strength or leadership themes. In a nutshell, these highlighted themes are very useful as you will find yourself falling among any of these themes and you will have a hint on your skills, strengths, and how to employ them whether you are a leader or a follower but my problem with this is they are only highlights and I was looking for more detailed themes that will help in any leader/follower position. It is important to note that leadership mainly have 4 domains of strength ranging from executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking. Most of us fall in one domain or another and if you managed to combine as many of these strengths, you are probably on the right path of a skilled leadership. Followers on the other hand are looking for trust, compassion, stability, and hope themes. So, if from a follower perspective you managed to understand these themes and build upon them, your leadership skills will be boosted even more and you will be able to manage others more effectively. In the movie (Drumline), one of my favorite scenes is where Dr. Lee tells Devon "Learn how to follow before you can lead"! and I think this book gives you a good understanding of the follower position, expectations and needs in order to learn in the future how to lead and manage others.