Managers and leaders at work have to deal with a lot these days: multiple generations, ever-present changes across the board, getting more done with less, helping people work effectively interpersonally, dealing with HR issues, retention, building high-performing teams, and — oh yeah — getting their own work done too. It can be a hard slog. As a manager there are always more books for you to read, blogs to follow and magazines to review. There is no shortage of advice on how to solve all of your problems. But the one problem is that you don’t have the time to figure it all out. You are looking for the silver bullet — one thing that you can do to make everything better. And that one thing had better cost nearly nothing and take almost no time at all, because money and time are very precious commodities. Is there such a magic wand? There almost is — it’s all about strengths.
Strengths are the innate characteristics in every human being that allows them to be at their best. These are attributes that, when we are working within them, make us feel truly alive and vibrant. Everyone has strengths. Everyone. And as a leader, it is your job to spot them.