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Nearly a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. More than 3 million people have since taken Gallups StrengthsFinder assessment, which forms the core of several books on this topic, including the #1 international bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0.

In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.

In Strengths Based Leadership, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of this research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

As you read Strengths Based Leadership, youll hear firsthand accounts from some of the most successful organizational leaders in recent history, from the founder of Teach For America to the president of The Ritz-Carlton, as they discuss how their unique strengths have driven their success. Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, Strengths Based Leadership will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future.

A unique access code allows you to take a new leadership version of Gallups StrengthsFinder program. The new version of this program provides you with specific strategies for leading with your top five strengths and enables you to plot the strengths of your team based on the four domains of leadership strength revealed in the book.

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From the authors of the bestselling "StrengthsFinder 2.0" comes a landmark study of great leaders, teams, and the reasons why people follow them.

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In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.

The results of that research are unveiled in Strengths Based Leadership. Using Gallups discoveries, authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie identify three keys to being a more effective leader and use firsthand accounts from highly successful leaders — including the founder of Teach For America and the president of The Ritz-Carlton — to show how each persons unique strengths can drive their success.

A new leadership version of Gallups popular StrengthsFinder assessment helps readers discover their own special gifts and specific strategies for leading with their top five strengths. Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, Strengths Based Leadership will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future.

About the Author

Gallup Global Practice Leader Tom Rath has written two #1 international bestsellers. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and his most recent book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, is a long-running #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller. In total, Raths books have sold more than a million copies and have made more than 100 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Rath has been with Gallup for 14 years and currently leads Gallups workplace research and leadership consulting worldwide. He also serves on the board of VHL.org, an organization dedicated to cancer research and patient support.

Rath earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Washington, D.C.

A renowned Leadership Consultant, Gallups Barry Conchie is sought after by CEOs around the world to assist in aligning business and talent strategies that drive performance. As an expert in executive assessment, team diagnostics, and succession planning, he brings objective measurement and insight to these important leadership areas.

Conchie was a public sector leader in the UK before joining Gallup in London. In 2002, he brought his extensive global experience to Gallups Washington, D.C. headquarters, where Conchie now leads Gallups executive leadership consulting.

He and his wife, Nicola, and children, Amy and Thomas, live in Maryland.

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Curtis Martin, September 28, 2012 (view all comments by Curtis Martin)
I’m very excited by Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath. It is based on research done by the Gallup organization. They have interviewed 2 million business leaders & managers over the last 20 years. (Hard to believe!) They discovered that the most successful leaders and managers focus on building strengths rather than addressing weaknesses.

Here’s an interesting quote on employee engagement:

"In the workplace, when an organization's leadership fails to focus on individuals' strengths, the odds of an employee being engaged are a dismal 1 in 11 (9%). But when an organization's leadership focuses on the strengths of its employees, the odds soar to almost 3 in 4 (73%). So that means when leaders focus on and invest in their employees' strengths, the odds of each person being engaged goes up eightfold."

Those are amazing results!

This approach really resonates with me because of an experience I had as a young person in sales. I hated sales because most team leaders were obsessed with challenging our weaknesses. It was hell! And my weaknesses probably got worse.

But I had one team leader who was exceptionally different from all the rest. He quietly figured out what sales area each team member was good at and put us in those areas.

He took the most demoralized and worst performing team in the north-east region and boosted us to number four in the country in less than six months with this strategy. It was a truly unforgettable experience. When I was on his team I actually began to enjoy selling and to look forward to each day.

I have try to emulate this team leader whenever I find myself in a leadership position. This is a lot harder to do than you might think. Reading these books has kindled in me a new enthusiasm to refocus my efforts on my team's strengths.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781595620255
Author:
Rath, Tom
Publisher:
Perigee Trade
Author:
Rath, Tom
Author:
Conchie, Barry
Author:
Foley, Jeffrey W.
Author:
Smith, Perry M.
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Success in business
Subject:
Work
Subject:
Performance
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
Management
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 17 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.

The results of that research are unveiled in Strengths Based Leadership. Using Gallups discoveries, authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie identify three keys to being a more effective leader and use firsthand accounts from highly successful leaders — including the founder of Teach For America and the president of The Ritz-Carlton — to show how each persons unique strengths can drive their success.

A new leadership version of Gallups popular StrengthsFinder assessment helps readers discover their own special gifts and specific strategies for leading with their top five strengths. Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, Strengths Based Leadership will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future.

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