Strengths Based Leadership

May 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath

Our book club studied this book last time and it sparked deep and meaningful discussions about what leadership means and where it begins and ends.

Do we have the responsibilty as leaders to ensure that all of our staff are working to their strengths or is it their responsibility to bring their strengths to the job?

What happens if a staff person is not able to work to their strength in their present job? Do you let them go if you can’t move them or change their job? Is it enough if they can work to their strength outside of their job?

We’d like everyone to be working to their strengths, but jobs entail many tasks.

The consensus was to hire with strengths in mind. This means being very clear about what strengths are necessary for the jobs you are filling.

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