Chapter 8: Strengths-Based Leadership

Chapter Synopsis:

Terms like data-driven sometimes are really “deficit-focused”, and if we really want to become innovative, we must learn to tap into both organizational and individual strengths.  Leaders must find ways to tap into the strengths of individuals, empower, and give them ownership, as we move forward. We would expect the same thing from educators working with students, but if we do not model this approach, innovation will be something that happens in spite, not because of our leadership.

Further Reading/Exploration:

Tom Rath: Strengths Based Leadership (Book)
The Multiplier Effect; Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools (Book)
George Couros: Building Our Strengths; Our Professional Development Program
*Ten Reasons to Focus on Your Strengths

Further Viewing:

Moving Forward with Our Strengths (Presentation from Chris Wejr)
Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students
Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the current strengths of your organization, and how do you continue to move them forward?
  2. What are the strengths of the individuals you serve, and how have you put them into situations where these strengths will flourish?

  3. How do you find the balance between “mentoring” and “micro-managing” to ensure people feel comfortable to take risks, but also feel supported?