If I could hand a single laminated card to every young leader, it would have the following information on it from a March 08, 2007 Gallup Management Journal interview with Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Gallup Press, 2007).
“If your manager primarily ignores you, your chances of being actively disengaged are 40%.
If your manager primarily focuses on your weaknesses, your chances of being actively disengaged are 22%.
If your manager primarily focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged are 1%.”
Every time I read the above three sentences, I am reminded of how powerful these three simple actions can be.
If all leaders, young and old, were to focus on people’s strengths and talents, we would transform the world.
Maybe it is time to start handing out those laminated cards.
Geery Howe, M.A.Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer inLeadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational ChangeMorning Star Associates319 - 643 - 2257