To start my new podcast #HealthyLeadership, I wanted to focus on a topic that can truly enhance anyoneâ€™s ability to lead at work, home or at the gym.
This topic is STRENGTHS.
I completely believe that life is about creating ourselves and my strengths are helping me create the leader I want to be!
After years of intentionally using my strengths, I find that knowing AND leveraging my strengths is critical to improving the quality of my leadership. During the show I shared two critical lessons that can help anyone leverage their strengths to develop their leadership skills anywhere.
- The first lesson is about CONFIDENCE; something we can all use.
- The second lesson is about keeping our strengths in BALANCE! Otherwise our strengths can become our biggest weaknesses.
Letâ€™s start with CONFIDENCE.
One constant reality that I encounter at home, at work and at the gym is that there is no shortage of challenging situations and obstacles. For example, we may be tackling a difficult project with challenging co-workers or a â€śhard to pleaseâ€ť supervisor at work, going through a difficult financial time period at home, or trying to get the next level of a workout at the gym.
In any of these typical situations, we can leverage our confidence to help us lead through them. Remembering what we are good at and leveraging those strengths is a great way to stay positive, stay the course, AND improve our performance when we are dealing with any kind of challenge.
The more challenging the situation, the more confidence we need to lead through it and we can be confident because we know how to leverage our strengths, those things we do well naturally.
Keeping them in BALANCE!
Keeping our strengths in balance is a bit more complicated. It requires a good understanding of our tendencies and constant monitoring of our behaviors. If we focus too much on one or a few of our strengths, they can become our biggest weaknesses. In the podcast I share an example of an interview candidate that, when asked what she would like to improve upon, expectedly answered the question based on her strengths.
This candidate had the following strengths in her top 5:
She explained how these strengths could cause her to be overbearing and too strong with her colleagues. She showed a lot of wisdom by explaining that she needed to keep those strengths in check in order to maintain good working relationships with her colleagues.
This was a wonderful way to answer a question about her weaknesses from a perspective of strengths and the wisdom of why they must be kept in balance.
How do you identify your top 5?
Two resources anyone can use to identify their top 5 strengths are Now discover your strengths, by Marcus Buckingham, and Strengthsfinder 2.0, by Gallup. In the show, I explain why I like them both for different reasons.
This week on the Fitness Minute
Every week I will connect leadership to fitness in 60 seconds or less on the Fitness Minute. This week, I showcased the following 3 step process that anyone can use to apply strengths at the gym. In the show I share an example of how many of my heavy set friends start this process by doing leg exercises. Typically, those of us who cary a lot of weight over the years develop very strong legs. Starting their gym experience by focusing on their legs is a great way to show them they are strong.
This builds confidence and motivation!
In the picture above, I included my tricep pose during my first competition. For some reason, my triceps and upper back are two of my strong areas at the gym. So, I focus on them and showcase them during my competitions.
We all have strengths at the gym.
Identifying them can give us confidence and motivation. Once the process of confidence and motivation has begun, it is easier to target areas of weakness. Like with any strength-based model, I find it easier to start with an area of strength, instead of starting with an area of weakness.
Hope you enjoy the show and remember;
Self-reflection can be painful, but, as they say, no pain, no gain!
Thank you for sharing everyone!!!