Discover your Strengths
Gallup strengths-based personal and professional development is used in several programs of Leadership Stark County and is a sought-after addition to custom programming. Leadership Stark County director, Stephanie Werren, is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and facilitates the StrengthsFinder assessment and follow-up. Leadership program manager, Jenifer Hill, is also available for facilitation and is a board-certified Executive Coach.
Stephanie shares the learning and philosophy of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 profile:
Do you ever wonder why you make certain choices? Why you do what you do or why you like certain things? There’s a reason. It’s your talents. The popular or conventional approach to learning is that you can excel at anything if you try hard enough, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. But every person is unique with their own set of strengths. While we can and should try anything we wish to, long-term success will elude us unless we have a basic talent for the endeavor.
Strengths-based development is unique in that it is based on the notion that a person’s talents- the way in which we more naturally think, feel and behave- represent our innate power and potential. When we use this new source of wisdom and power, we are more efficient, we act with more confidence, direction, and hope and ultimately are more productive. The idea is simple. You focus on one’s strengths and manage around weaknesses.
People who focus on their strengths are:
• 3 times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life
• 6 times as likely to be engaged in their jobs
• Have more positive than negative interactions with coworkers
• Achieve more on a daily basis, and, look forward to going to work
At its core, strengths-based development is based on three assumptions:
1. Only some behaviors can be learned.
2. The best in a role deliver the same outcomes using different behaviors.
3. Weakness fixing prevents failure, strengths building leads to success.
There’s nothing wrong with being aware of your weaknesses and managing them, but your greatest opportunity for success lies in building on your natural talents- not in fixing your weaknesses.
The next program offered that uses StrengthsFinder is the Government Leadership Academy, beginning January 31. Learn More & Apply