Did you know that anyone can be a great leader? We are often told that to be a great leader one must have specific qualities – and if you don’t have those qualities, well then, you’ll be a so-so leader at best. I’m here to tell you that this simply isn’t true.
Every single person has strengths that if utilized would make them a great leader. Think about this for a moment: What if you gave yourself permission to focus on what you are great at? What if you put all of your energy into your strengths rather than constantly trying to improve your weaker areas? Your personal and work life would likely look very different! You may find yourself looking forward to working more and seeing problems as opportunities. You may also begin to have an easier time delegating tasks that aren’t in your skillset to someone who will welcome the project because it is in theirs. There are enormous benefits in knowing what your strengths are and how to use them.
In fact, once you start utilizing your strengths more, you may feel like a superhero!
Most people innately know what some of their strengths are – but did you know that things like compassion, positivity, and relationship building are all strengths? Many people believe they must leave part of themselves at home when they go to work. But what if I were to tell you that you can be 100% yourself at work and be more successful? All you have to do is find your strengths and then learn how to utilize them.
So, how do you discover what you naturally do best, learn how to develop your greatest talents and then use this knowledge to live your best life?
Our Countess of Curriculum Chris Perillo is a certified CliftonStrengths Facilitator and everyone on the Red Carpet Team has taken the CliftonStrengths assessment. It has been invaluable to understanding our team better and planning for our future.
For instance, I discovered that my top five strengths are:
Futuristic, Positivity, Communicator, Activator and Connectedness. This tells me that I am suited to set the vision for the company, write and speak (go figure! :-)) and get projects started – all with a big smile on my face. It also tells me that I need other people around me who are detail-oriented, strategic thinkers and good with systems. I also need people on my team who are good at finishing the things I start!
At Red-Carpet Learning Systems, we work to make sure everyone is working within their strengths – which makes for a happy team! Whether you use an assessment or not, you may have an idea about your zone of brilliance. These are those things you LOVE to do and you do them better than anyone else. There are probably other tasks you feel like you have to do – but you really don’t enjoy them, and someone else can do them better.
That’s where delegation comes in! Start by tapping into your team’s strengths. Help people find their unique brilliance, and then assign work accordingly. Then you’ve got a happy team working within their talents – and THAT’s what makes a good leader!
Great News for Leadership Conference Attendees!
If you attend our 2019 Leadership Conference you will be gifted a free CliftonStrengths assessment! You will take the assessment at home and bring your results to the conference. Our very own Chris Perillo will then dig deeper into your strengths with you to better inform you on how to apply them in your business. You will leave with action steps that will help you to integrate your strengths into your workday.
Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder & CEO of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. and the author of two books on customer service including her latest, 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers. She leads a team of experts who help organizational leaders engage their people to deliver an exceptional customer experience. To download our free report, 21 Days of Thank You, to help you show appreciation to your INTERNAL customers, fill out the form on the right side of each page of our website. Click here to learn more and register for our Leadership and Culture Conference in Asheville, April 8&9, 2018.