Strengths-Based Leadership Summary

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In his book, Tom Rath (2008) discusses strengths based leadership and reviews the data from the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment and examines the domains of being an effective leader and why people follow leaders. Rath (2008) finds: the most effective leaders are always investing in strengths, the most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team, and the most effective leaders understand their followers needs (p. 2-3). He reveals teams are formulated from four domains of leadership strength: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking (Rath, 2016, p.23). Effective leaders know their strengths and combine them with skills and expertise to achieve optimal results. The…show more content…
My leadership strengths give me the tools needed to fulfill the needs of my followers. People follow for many reasons; research done by Gallup discovered that people follow due to trust, compassion, stability, and hope (Rath, 2008, p. 82). Being critically ill in the intensive care unit turns the lives of patients and their family 's upside down. It is important to provide stability during these trying times. It is necessary to create a feeling of security and follow through with my plans and leading with responsibility. I show stability by being an analytical person and placing families at ease with my knowledge and confidence. I inform the people in my care what I am doing and the reasoning behind it. As an includer, I incorporate the patient and family into the plan of care. I’ll ask for their suggestions and see what works well for…show more content…
Leaders “need to surround themselves with a team that complements their own strengths, and compensates for the skills that they lack” (Gottlieb et al., 2012, p.43). I am currently using my leadership strengths with developing a new protocol and education for manual proning in the intensive care unit. I am strong in areas of research, sifting through information, and compiling it; however, I’m not great about speaking in public. I made sure to include a member of my team whom was comfortable with public speaking. By having a team comprised of different strengths, we will have a greater chance of sharing our vision on the importance of manual proning with the
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