You've heard the buzz. But it's not what you think.
So you bought into the idea that learning about the strengths of your team members will help you turn all the craziness, all the dysfunction and all that high-school drama into a cohesive, fast moving train of well-behaved, high-performing individuals who genuinely love being together.
Unprecedented momentum, right? Will discovering their strengths truly help you learn how to motivate even the slowest growing member? Will this person suddenly understand themselves in a way that a new passion is unleashed on the world and they finally become a high achiever?
The positive psychology of strengths provides a way for us to language what is working and shift from mitigating weakness, which is a proven way to raise engagement on any team.
Was engagement what you were looking for? Great. Done.
But what about the dysfunction you see? What about the disappointment you experience when actually trying to build your team, inspire and enroll, and mediate all in the same week.
Is being a team leader not all you thought it was cracked up to be?
The magic of strengths discovery and emotional intelligence development is actually not seen from ground level, but from a much higher altitude. As you step higher and higher away from the present conflict, you can begin to see your own strengths and weaknesses separate from your people. Go a little higher and you notice your viewpoint changes about the actual frustrations even. Even higher yet, you will notice not only your viewpoint but the viewpoints of each team member individually and collectively.
Suddenly your frustration shifts into curiosity.
Imagine being able to shift your viewpoint in the heat of the moment. Imagine becoming so empowered that you can neutrally show up ready to listen and engage without sacrificing your own viewpoint.
This space is where your confidence lies. It is authentic and open. It can hold the vulnerability of leadership. And it starts with your own transformation.