In episode 151 of “The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan JoDee and Susan discuss how to be a better leader by understanding your own and others’ strengths with strengths coach Raylene Rospond.
First, you need to understand your own strengths. Then, you can start to understand how those strengths contribute to your success, how they might get in the way of being a successful leader or manager, and how to apply them in a leadership setting. The third step is understanding the strengths of those you work with so that ybou can position them for success and work together for greater successful outcomes.
Strengths can also help you improve performance reviews. Raylene recommends defining success first so people know what they’re striving for. Then you can think about how the people you work with can use their strengths to achieve those expectations – and how their strengths may be the root of performance issues.
Strengths-based leadership approaches can affect the workplace in a number of ways. Profitability, customer engagement, and employee engagement can go up, while turnover goes down. It also provides a common language and helps everyone appreciate the unique strengths others bring to the table.
There are five areas of conversation Raylene suggests for fostering teamwork in the workplace. Developing relationships and expectations are the first conversation. Next are quick check-ins that aren’t work-related. Third and fourth are more planned check-ins to discuss priorities and progress. Finally, developmental coaching and giving feedback are an important part of keeping employees engaged.
In this episode’s listener mail, a listener asks for examples of suggestions a person could take to their boss or HR to find a way to overcome burnout while continuing to work. In the news, JobSage did a survey to learn more about the state of workplace friendships and relationships today.
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