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ED 634 Personal Communication and Ethics
Strength Based Leadership Essay

Great leaders are aware of their strengths, and capitalize on them. They bring well rounded teams together, and they understand why others in the organization follow them. The book Strength Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie (2008) examines the four domains of leadership strength, and the 34 StrengthsFinder Themes that comprise these domains. In this paper, we are going to examine my 5 strengths that were identified through an online StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, as well as some areas of deficit. We will then apply these strengths to two situations to come up with a satisfactory outcome.

Rath and Conchie (2008) identify the Four Domains of Leadership Strength as executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking. The authors advocate that teams can be stronger and more unified if they consist of people with strengths in all four domains. A point that was a new concept to me, and that I found very important was that it is not necessary for a leader to be well-rounded in all domains. I had always assumed that a great leader had to have talents and strengths in all areas, but this book made me realize that a leader doesn’t have to have all of the strengths; they just need to be able to surround themselves with others that have other complementary strengths.

Within the four domains of executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking are the 34 strengths. My strengths identified from the assessment were achiever, maximizer, relator, learner, and positivity. I found these results to be very accurate, and not at all surprising. Achiever is in the executing domain, and this domain is described as “knowing how to make things happen” (Rath 2008, p. 24). A person who has the achiever strength has a great deal of stamina and they are a hard worker. I grew up on a farm where I was expected to work right alongside the men, and I...
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