On Strengths Based Leadership

I recently finished reading Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Team, And Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie.

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- “Three key finding emerged from this research: 1) The most effective leaders are always investing in their strengths. 2) The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team. 3) The most effective leaders understand their followers’ needs.”

2- “What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.”

3- “The Four Domains of Leadership Strength: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, Strategic Thinking. We have found that it serves a team to have a representation of strengths in each of these four domains…Although individuals need not be well-rounded, teams should be.”

4- “As you can hear int he stories of these four leaders, they have exceptional clarity about who they are – and who they are not. If any one of them had chosen to spend a lifetime trying to be “good enough” at everything, it’s doubtful they would have made such an extraordinary impact. Instead, they’ve all been wise enough to get the right strengths on their teams, and this has set up their organizations for continuous growth. Unfortunately, very few teams are truly optimized around their strengths.”

5- “What strong teams have in common: 1) Conflict doesn’t destroy strong teams because strong teams focus on results. 2) Strong teams prioritize what’s best for the organization and then move forward. 3) Members of strong teams are as committed to their personal lives as they are to their work. 4) Strong teams embrace diversity. 5) Strong teams are magnets for talent.”

6- “For a team to create sustained growth, the leader must continue to invest in each person’s strengths and in building better relationships among the group members.”

7- “…followers have a very clear picture of what they want and need from the most influential leaders in their lives: trust, compassion, stability, and hope.”

8- “Perhaps the ultimate test of a leader is not what you are able to do in the here and now – but instead what continues to grow long after you’re gone.”


Omar Halabieh

Strengths Based Leadership



  1. Nicely put together Ohalabieh! Creating more Strengths Based organizations across Canada is my companys’ mission. I appreciate this summary as it captures the essence of why doing what I do within organizations impacts Canada’s financial stability and the well being of our country as a whole. Playing to our Strengths rather than trying to fix our weaknesses is not revolutionary and yet is often not appreciated as vitally important. I’ll make a stand of a strengths based leadership model any day!

    Kathy Hay, ORSCC, CPCC, PCC is a certified coach facilitator with over 13 years of training plus 35+ years experience as an entrepreneur. She is passionate about developing teams and individuals in become the best version of who they were meant to be.

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