Understanding Leadership Strengths in the Workplace


GeneralWritten By: Sreeparna Sarkar

We live in a world that is constantly changing and evolving at a speed that cannot be kept up with. The advent of terms like agile working, flexible working, and working from home are bringing about a cut-throat world for businesses around the world. This change in the way of doing business will change how we work to achieve better results, as a matter of course.

There has never been a time when leadership strength played such a crucial role in supporting employees and leaders to reach their career goals successfully. Not only within a workplace, developing leadership skills can be extremely useful in every aspect of life for all of us. Leadership strengths are not just beneficial, but crucial for the success of the organization and the managers or leaders themselves.    

What are leadership Strengths? 

Over the past few decades, the concept of leadership has evolved immensely, like every aspect of our lives. But one thing that has remained constant is the process of planning and making difficult choices to achieve success.

It is immensely stressful to become an effective leader within a workplace as the success of the entire business relies upon that person’s ability to lead.

Putting simply, leadership strengths are those qualities and traits that collectively help leaders to motivate, lead and manage their teams in a better way. Within an organization, leaders are part of a realm of strengths.

Are all the strengths leadership strengths?

It is a fact, universally acknowledged, that no one is born a perfect leader but becomes one. Not every person has that natural inclination to become a leader, no matter how skillful and creative that person is. Becoming a leader is a long process that involves several steps, including phases of extreme failure and years of practice.

Not every strength has leadership potential. The specific strengths that successful leaders possess are their lifetime assets, which they use to navigate through their leadership journey. They also have strong perceptions of themselves, which helps them to influence others and be resilient in achieving their goals.

Leaders are not mediocre, they are “leaders” because they are exceptional in the way they use their strengths within the organization.
Successful leaders can –

•    Connect with People: The effective ability to communicate with others and relate to the conversation. Because business is “people” and people hold the key to the opportunities, we are seeking. Excellent communication skills in a leader are a powerful strength to bring to and lead the business.

•    Work More Collaboratively: Each individual within a team has unique skill sets and expertise that help leaders to form a balanced and diverse team to work inclusively. A leader's ability to work collaboratively boosts the creative and productive abilities of the team. And this is a strength of a leader.

•    Express Genuine Empathy: Empathy or emotional intelligence is one of the most powerful strengths a leader can possess. By putting oneself in another's shoes, one becomes more open to others and can share their experience.

•    Embrace Simplicity: Having the ability to transform complex ideas into something more understandable and simple is a special gift. It is a strength of leaders to be able to resolve complexities within a team or organization.

•    Think Ahead: Leadership is navigating the organization as a whole. Leaders need to plan their navigation strategy using their strengths to pass through cyclones en route, like a skilled sailor. Being a leader, thinking outside the box is not enough until we think ahead.

Wrapping Lines:

Learning never ends in a lifetime; we learn and experience new things every day. As Warren Bennis says, “Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well-communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential.” The most important lessons that we ever learn come from “within”. As we pass through life, we learn the ability to identify our strengths to overcome our weaknesses; those strengths and weaknesses are a part of what makes us an individual. Only by identifying them, we can improve our plan in every sphere of life including the workplace. 

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