Every single one of us who is in a leadership role knows that a lack of leadership growth will keep the organizations we lead from moving forward. Because of that, it’s only natural that we’d want to accelerate the process of our personal leadership growth. But we have to resist the urge to forge ahead until we first know the environment – and that begins with ourselves. On this episode of The Success Talk Show, I’m going to walk you through a way that you can acclimate yourself to the leadership environment so you will be able to lead with excellence, and it starts with discovering your strengths.

My recent trip to Colorado taught me the importance of acclimating.

When I traveled to Colorado recently to go snowboarding I was so eager – I love snowboarding. I got my gear on and headed up the mountain. I jumped on the lift and went all the way to the top, which turned out not to be the wisest choice of the day. Once I got off the ski lift I found myself short of breath, I had a headache, and I wasn’t able to come down the mountain the way I’d imagined I would. Why? I didn’t take the time to acclimate to the altitude. We have to do the same thing when it comes to stepping into leadership roles. Leadership growth starts with knowing yourself as a leader, and on this episode, I’m going to tell you one of the best ways to start that process.

This is one of the absolute best ways for you to discover your leadership strengths.

If you’ve not heard of the book, “Strengthsfinder 2.0” I recommend you go out and get it today. It’s an incredible tool for discovering, understanding, and assessing yourself as a leader, which is vital for leadership success. You need to know the areas where you exhibit strengths and the corresponding areas where you have weaknesses. It will enable you to excel like never before and surround yourself with the right people who can help you and your organization succeed. On this episode, I tell you the fastest way to use the information you discover from the book, so be sure you take the time to listen.

What are the specific activities that flow from your top 5 strengths?

When you take the assessment tool provided in the “Strengthsfinder 2.0” book, you’re going to wind up with a list of your top strengths. It’s nice to know where you are gifted but if you don’t know what to do with the discovery you’ll stall. There are activities that naturally fit with every strength and it’s important that you know what they are for you. In this short leadership coaching segment, I give you a way you can link your strengths to specific activities that are suited to those strengths. Once you have your most productive and effective activities identified you’re going to see how helpful it is for staying in your areas of gifting and empowering others to take on everything else. You won’t want to miss this.

What are the things you most want to be known for?

Too often when we think of leadership we allow ourselves to imagine a vague, nebulous role that is out in front of everyone else. But don’t often have clearly defined characteristics or practices in mind that enable a person to be effective in that leadership role. One of the ways you can think more specifically about the type of leader you want to be is to decide what you want to be known for as a leader. When you do, you’ll be able to focus your efforts and amplify your impact in ways you didn’t know were possible. Find out more on this episode.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:33] Tips to help you accelerate your success.
  • [1:31] Getting acclimated to leadership will help you accelerate your success.
  • [3:17] Identify the activities that flow from the top 5 strengths you discover.
  • [4:41] Think of the top 2 things you most want to be known for.
  • [6:05] The importance of these basics for you as a leader.

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