Donna's blog on coaching, leadership, and life

Leveraging strengths

If you haven’t read The Extraordinary Leader, Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders, by John H. Zenger and Joseph Folkman, I highly recommend it.

I had the opportunity last year to spend two full days with Joe Folkman, the co-author of the book, in preparation for a program I was facilitating for a client. There were only three of us in the workshop, so it was a rich experience. One of the most significant take-aways, among several for me, was the idea that we are much more likely to become extraordinary leaders if we focus on leveraging our strengths, instead of focusing our development on trying harder at something we may not be great at. I find both the concept and the statistics behind the extensive research shared in the book intriguing and helpful as I develop myself and coach others.

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