Self-awareness is huge for any leader. But how do you find it? And how do you move your whole team to a place where everyone has greater awareness of strengths and weaknesses?
Rodney Cox and Carey Nieuwhof look at how ministry assessments changed the game for Carey and his team, and what it might do for yours.
Welcome to Episode 146 of the podcast.
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Leading From Your Strengths
3 Insights from This Episode
1. Emotional Intelligence is key to good leadership
It’s important to know your strengths, but—as a leader—it’s just as important to know what your sharp edges are. Being aware of both your strengths and your shadows, and being willing to work through them, is emotional intelligence. In moments of conflict, emotionally intelligent leaders lean in. They ask questions, engage in healthy debate and are open to different opinions. Leaders who aren’t in tune with their emotional intelligence lean out. When they’re faced with conflict they get defensive and check out.
Committing to staying in touch with your emotional intelligence is the key to growing a healthy, successful team.
2. Shepherd your people to their areas of strength
Teams play a huge role in Leading From Your Strengths. When you have an emotionally intelligent team, who can have honest conversations about strengths and weaknesses without pride creeping in… they can accomplish huge wins. And as teams grow, sometimes people need to move positions. The conversations can be hard, and leave some bruises. But when you help your team find the best place for them to use their strengths, they—along with the entire organization—will thrive.
3. Culture starts at the top
As a leader, creating a culture where people can be honest with each other about strengths and weaknesses starts with you. You have to be willing to join the conversation. You, along with your team, need to replace pride with good, objective data. Remember, it’ okay to disagree with each other and wrestle through things when it comes from a helpful, humble place.
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Next Episode: Terry Linhart
What’s the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective one? Often it’s self-awareness, and the willingness and desire to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. Terry Linhart shares from years of experience as a pastor and now professor on how to grow your EI and self-awareness as a leader.
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