I have just completed my Extraordinary Coach program by Zenger Folkman and it was fantastic and quite enlightning. Why? I have been working as an executive coach for a a number of years and I love working with clients and leaders who are willing to take on their role and focus on making a difference on themselves, their teams and the organisation.
When we become part of a journey of working with a coach which in itself is such an amazing and powerful experience; we become part of the process looking into a mirror at ourselves and this can be quite confronting. The clients and leaders I work with immediately want to know their weaknesses – what do I need to fix? We all have weaknesses, but we also have some profound strengths. And aren’t our strengths more fun to work with – I mean they are strengths for a reason. When we start to focus on our strengths, other companion competencies also tend to become more effective and our weaknesses become a little obsolete…
There are a number of tools I use to determine my leader’s strengths – and one of my favourite is not only the 360 Extraordinary Leader Assessment but also Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0.
If you want to know about leadership and focusing on strengths, please read this article by Zenger Folkman, “Leadership under the Microscope”.
Ask yourself – what are your strengths and how are you capitalising and working on them everyday?