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Activate #6 Session Two

The focus for this week was on strength-based leadership. By being aware of your own strengths (and weaknesses) and those around you, it can lead to a more cohesive and productive team. Strengths can be anything that is "right for you".

Intrinsically, we tend to identify problems and negatives rather than solutions and positives (the negativity bias). By being aware of this bias we can re-frame our approach to issues to create opportunities and encourage solutions through creative open-minded thinking.

Essentially, people react better to positive feedback rather than negative feedback. Although negative feedback is necessary for growth and development, it is the way this feedback is framed that is important. An example would be to start with the positives, what was done well and then introduce an "and" not a "but" to communicate opportunities for improvement.

Ongoing progressive feedback allows people to feel valued and then more receptive when challenged to provide improved outcomes.

Emotional intelligence was also discussed as important leadership quality.  There are 5 aspects to this:

  1. self awareness
  2. self regulation/self management
  3. motivation
  4. empathy
  5. social skills


An extension of this is the idea of above the line behaviour (acceptable, value based) and below the line behaviour (disrespectful, inappropriate).

Ideally you aim to lead by example and demonstrate these attributes, but when you don't, it is important to own this and admit your mistakes, as this humanises you as a leader and people to tend to respect this.

This further demonstrates that leadership is not a one size fits all approach. By being flexible and adaptable in your leadership approach, you will be able to appeal to people with different values and ideals. The key is identify what is important and valued by an individual and be able to adapt your leadership approach accordingly.







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