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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow: A Landmark Study of Great Leaders, Teams, and the Reasons Why We Follow

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In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been ex....
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Gallup Press (first published January 6th 2007)
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Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: human-behavior
How is this a book? No, I am seriously asking. I have no problems with the material in the book. In fact it seems to be a good follow up to First Break All The Rules. The problem is tht there are about 45 pages of book and the rest is a couple of case studeis and then all about the categories. And not in an indepth way...more in a useless bulleted overview way. This book had potential but ended up feeling like a bloated magazine quiz. This never needed to be anything more than the website with q ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
In my honest opinion, I feel like this book is worse than astrology (which I don't believe is true, but I think people can have fun with) because at least astrology isn't something that is presented as objective categories that can be applied in the workplace, so you don't end up being required to chart your astrological signs for your job and then have people examine how you fit into your workplace as an Aries with a team of a Sagittarius, a Gemini, and a Leo, or determine how to "balance" your ...more
Erika RS
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read this books as part of a reading group at work. It is a mediocre book with highly valuable information if you are willing to dig through the business speak and find it. As such, reading it in a group worked well. At our meetings, we were able to weed out the valuable information.

The theme of this book is that people do best when they focus on their strengths. This flies in the face of much popular wisdom which says that you should work to improve in your weakest areas. Instead, the author
May 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book and related quiz is probably just about as accurate as astrology. At least I'm not expected to utilize my zodiac sign at work though and talk about it at staff development seminars. If anyone wants a copy, there's a free one in my trash can. ...more
Laura Giessler
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The psych major in me is interested in personality inventories, so the StrengthsFinder assessment was intriguing to me. I can't really judge if the results were absolutely accurate for me; most of my top five "themes" fit me, but I think that I could feel that way about several of the other themes described in the book too. I like the idea of knowing your own and other people's strengths, capitalizing on them, and finding people with different strengths to round out a team. It would be easy to s ...more
Ha Truong
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: leaders, managers
Shelves: development
This book breaks the conventional wisdom that people should fix their weaknesses and become well-rounded.

Rather, it advocates a different approach that people should lean forward their strengths. Great leaders have the acute awareness of their strengths as well as their weaknesses. But they don't struggle to fix their weaknesses, instead they find the complements. This way, they build strong, well-rounded teams.

This book also comes with an extra book about themes of strengths, how to leverage th
Holly (bibliophiles_bookstagram)
This was powerful!! When I became a PaY advisor, I was given this book along with a code to take the Gallup Clifton Strengths test. At first I wasn't clear on what it all meant, but once I took the test and starting reading about my top five strengths, my life all of a sudden came into bright focus. NO WONDER I AM WHO I AM! Seems dumb, right? I mean really, we ALL know what we are good at and what we are not good at, but once you can "SEE" right in front of you the strengths that you possess, if ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
My brother is in town and while we were out and about he mentioned that he read this book first within a management program at work and then again within a service group at his church. As he was talking about it, it seemed as if there were many things that would interest me that go along with the themes in the book. Obviously, from the title you can see that the book focuses on finding your personal strengths as a leader. I picked it up and read it very night.

Debbie, you would unde
I would like to preface this review by explaining that I am moving to a leadership position at work, and my manager asked me if I had ever had any formal leadership or management training (I hadn't), and offered to send me to a seminar. As I would rather do just about anything than go to a business seminar (jargon-speak! icebreakers! introvert-torture!), I offered to read a bunch of leadership/management books on my own time and try to find a leadership mentor. This is the first attempt at part ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, career
Why follow leaders?
1. The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths.
2. The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team.
3. The most effective leaders understand their follower's needs.

2. Maximizing your team: 4 domains of leadership strength: executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking
NO one is GOOD at all of these; idea is for team to be good at all.
- teams focus on results
- prioritize what's best for org
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
My new boss had Directors read this, with the personal self-assessment (new book purchase comes with a one-user only code to take the assessment on line - nice gimmick for sales). Basic premise is that you get more out of people in the work place if you emphasize getting them to do what they're already good at and succeed at; and the effort to correct weaknesses or strengthen vulnerabilities rarely pays off much. Very quick read for a management book (a good thing) with practical suggestions for ...more
Andy Bernstein
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book. It goes along with the Clifton Strengths Finder survey (which is amazing). It gives many good insights into how to use your strengths to be a better leader and how to better lead people based on their specific strengths. Clifton identifies 34 themes/strengths, and the premise is to focus on strengths rather than on weaknesses. Try to focus on amplifying the points of your star rather than trying to be well rounded. That is the pathway to happiness and success. I need to ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent resource. This book and results are great tools, especially when used in a leadership seminar.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Managers, business students, social scientists
Recommended to Michael by: Claudine Taillac
Shelves: self-help
This follow-up to StrengthsFinder 2.0 is based around the same test, and designed to help managers understand how to put their strengths to work in their role as managers, whereas the original book was more about understanding your strengths as a worker. Now that I am in a position of managing people, I wind up reading a lot more of this kind of thing, and I also seem to be somewhat more open to it – it’s not unusual that managers find themselves flailing about a bit for leadership advice, since ...more
David Flood
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Was given this book in work and told to read so we could best determine our strengths to be better leaders. Allegedly, a whole bunch of other managers in the building had already read the book and had learned from it. Unfortunately, it had to have been pretty shallow learning...

The aim of this book is not to clue you in on what the different strengths of leadership are, or how to identify them or how to apply them in your life. It is largely an abstract outline of what the different categories o
Margo Kaestner
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would strongly recommend taking the Strength Based Leadership Assessment BEFORE reading this book. It's a much more valuable read if you already know what your top five strengths are. This allows you to compare the leadership styles of the figures described in the book with your strengths in mind and makes for an intriguing read on how to most effectively lead organizations. Gallup has researched for decades on the specific traits that impactful leaders utilized to inspire, create, and lead. T ...more
Michael David
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thousands of people were surveyed regarding what they thought were the most important concepts of leadership. The four concepts that appeared the most were trust, compassion, stability, and hope. No matter what one's CliftonStrengths are, the focus on establishing and strengthening these four concepts have inspired more leaders. The book supplements how to be a leader with one's strengths in its appendix, and also features profiles of leaders with particular strengths in each of the four overarc ...more
The assessment itself is interesting, but I agree with other reviewers that this book is mostly useless. It only actually has about one short article's worth of information, plus bulleted blurbs about each strength that really belong online to accompany the assessment. The hardcover book I have is a waste of dead trees. ...more
Elena Iulia
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Straight forward analysis of the meaning of leadership, followed by a wide range of types of leaders, this book presents the relationship between leaders and followers, the values that could help you be not only a great leader, but also a great person.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Of all the “personality” tests I’ve taken, I had the most disagreements on aspects of this one; however, in discussions with my team and reviewing the book, I found some merit in a few of my attributes. The first half of the book was very insightful and where I’ll pull the majority of my lessons.
TEELOCK Mithilesh
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
This book states the similar characteristics of the best and most effective leaders and explains how you can identify and develop your personal strengths in an efficient way, hence be a better leader.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a great book to go along with the strengths finders test results! It was a quick read, and helps me to understand my leadership style a bit more.

Futuristic / Competition / Command / Significance / Strategic
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ok, nothing groundbreaking or new from the original StrengthsFinders in my opinion. Most of the book is additional resources and short anecdotes from a few business leaders.
Gene Babon
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
Strengths Based Leadership is my early candidate for Best Business Book of 2009. This is a companion book to StrengthsFinder 2.0.

The value in both books gets created when you use the unique access code provided and take the time to learn about yourself. This book focuses on providing analysis to those who are in a leadership position or want to be.

If you are in a role that requires you to lead a team or help make a team more productive in some way (who isn't?), then learning more about what make
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty good book on Leadership in the workplace. As with all generic psychology books, you need to take this with a grain of salt since many generalities are made. However, the key findings of managers investing in worker strengths, understanding what tools/training are needed to get the job done, and surrounding your self with the right people who are not necessarily like you in order to maximize all strengths seems somewhat obvious. He discusses his Four Domains of Leadership strengths: Execut ...more
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it
this is a pretty good book about leading with your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses. it tell of different styles of leadership and of the ways that you can use them to effectively lead others. it makes the point that great leadership isn't always cut from the same mold, in fact, most great leaders are very different from each other. i think that may be one of the most important lessons to take from this book. i read it for marriage counseling. there are definitely some examples y ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
The underlying concept of the book is good. We are all different, and there are no specific traits that make people leaders. there, now you know the basis of the book.

As far as the book goes, it is a bit thin on actual reading. A big part of the book are descriptions of the 32 different personality aspects, which is not necessarily riveting reading. It could serve as useful reference when you are leading others. But I was still sensing a clear lack of guidance and advice.

One of the stars for th
Ellie Fields
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book commits the usual faults of bland business fare. It interviews top leaders, showing them as infallible based on the hypothesis of the book, that they played to their strengths. There is no study of people who overplay their strengths because, of course, the book only profiles successful ceos instead of starting with a set and tracking results.

Surface level thinking dominates here. Early we read that people who are confident turn out to be successful. Causality? Or correlation with peop
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was assigned this book for a conference I am attending. It is rather more propaganda than anything else. The print is big and the white space large, so at least it is an easy read. You know all those "personality tests" on the Internet? That's what this book reminded me of. "What sort of leader are you?" Right between "what's your true spirit animal" and "what 1980's sitcom character are you?" There needed to be more depth (instead of "check out our website or read our other publications") abo ...more
John Kenworthy
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really cannot recommend this book. Whilst the research behind it appears to have some basis in fact, the assessment and recommendations are generic and could apply to anyone.
Plus, it focuses on the whole concept of developing your strengths only. The key idea that led to the financial crisis where the character of the person and their weaknesses are not addressed.
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