Strengths-Based Leadership is a philosophy of using your talents and strengths as the basis for consistent achievement of excellence. A leader knows his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time. The path to leadership starts with a deep understanding of the strengths you bring to the table. (Rath & Conchie- Strengths Based Leadership)
It is the desire to make an impact/ a difference in the world that excites many of us.
Each of us has an exceptional blueprint. An exclusive set of strengths, talents and values that make us unique. These strengths combined with our ambitions, talents and preferences create our USP (unique selling point/ the thing that separates us from others). The best chance we have of making our biggest contribution to the community and environments in which we belong, is to BE ourselves.
Be more of yourself every day. “Just be You” seems like simple advice. Simple and yet not easy. Being more of who you are requires you to KNOW yourself first. Self-knowledge is the beginning point of that journey. So what does all of this have to do with leadership development?
Knowing oneself AND THEN crafting a life and relationships that are aligned with our ambitions, preferences, strengths and talents is the way we get to create a fulfilling and positive life experience. And, when we are fulfilled, positive and inspired, the leader inside us emerges.
The vast majority of people however, do not get the opportunity ‘to do what they do best’. Most are not familiar with their strengths and USP. Many feel less than positive, less than engaged and mostly uninspired.
If you are one of those people or if you know any individuals who might be suffering from a lack of engagement, poor career fit, high stress levels, disinterest in the work place or even burnout, strengths-based leadership development is a solution for you.
Leadership development for Students in Schools
Getting ahead in the game-of-life is not as easy.
Unfortunately, in today’s world the stresses are 24/7- 365. This often results in burnout, physical illness as well as mental and emotional distress. I believe that if we were prepared properly, if we were given practical guidelines at the beginning out our adult lives, we could avoid many of the common disorders (like anxiety and depression) that many adults suffer from today. Relentless stress, confusion, self-doubt and feelings of despair/hopelessness as well as overwhelm contribute to the billion-dollar growth of pharmaceutical treatment for mood disorders.
‘Life-Codes’ is a series of models that helps to make sense of life, relationships and thriving – for people with a desire to reach their full potential and make their best contribution to the world. They are best suited for learners in Grade 11 & 12 and include a variety of life skills tools for developing leaders. Facilitation of these thought provoking frameworks invites students to step up into a leadership role in their own lives.
Some, OR all of the modules can be rolled out and implemented through group coaching and facilitation. Bespoke processes are designed according to the needs and preferences of each school.
Click here for the full video with student, teacher and headmaster feedback. Alternatively, watch the edited version below:
Life-Codes: Getting Ahead in the Game of Life. Feedback from Wynberg Boys High School Headmaster.
Leadership development for Staff in Organizations:
“Company’s do not succeed, people do. Employees are the greatest asset to any business. When staff are engaged, productivity and profitability increase. Combining ‘Solution Focused Brief Coaching’ with a ‘Strengths Based Leadership’ approach, executives and leaders springboard into a new level effectiveness by understanding the needs of those whom they lead, identifying their own strengths and investing in the strengths of others”
I offer a variety of tools for staff to become more engaged, empowered and inspired- driving an increase in productivity and profitability for businesses. Providing opportunities for employees to use their top strengths, talents and values gives them the chance to ‘do what they do best’.
‘Life-Codes’ is a series of models that helps to make sense of life, relationships and thriving. They were designed for people with a desire to reach their full potential and make their best contribution to the world as part of a ‘Lead You Self’ leadership development programme. Knowledge and understanding of these frameworks helps to prevent the suffering and burnout that arises from poor career fit, disconnected relationships and work/life imbalance that I often see in my private practice.
Some, none OR all of the modules can be rolled out and implemented through facilitation and/or group coaching. Processes are designed according to the needs and preferences of each organisation.
Please contact Shelley to find out how she can assist with the development of your students or staff.