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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow: A Landmark Study of Great Leaders, Teams, and the Reasons Why We Follow Hardcover – 6 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; 1ST edition (6 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620255
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nearly a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. More than 3 million people have since taken Gallup s StrengthsFinder assessment, which forms the core of several books on this topic, including the #1 international bestseller "StrengthsFinder 2.0."
In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly "why" they followed the most important leader in their life.
In "Strengths Based Leadership," #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of this research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.
As you read "Strengths Based Leadership," you ll hear firsthand accounts from some of the most successful organizational leaders in recent history, from the founder of Teach For America to the president of The Ritz-Carlton, as they discuss how their unique strengths have driven their success. Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, "Strengths Based Leadership" will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future.
A unique access code allows you to take a new leadership version of Gallup s StrengthsFinder program. The new version of this program provides you with specific strategies for leading with your top five strengths and enables you to plot the strengths of your team based on the four domains of leadership strength revealed in the book.
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About the Author

Tom Rath is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. He studies the role of human behavior in health, business and economics. Rath writes and speaks on a range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership. He has written several international bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2007, The Economist listed his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 as the top-selling business book worldwide. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages and made over 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Rath is a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths and well-being. He has also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization.

A renowned Leadership Consultant, Gallup’s Barry Conchie is sought after by CEOs around the world to assist in aligning business and talent strategies that drive performance. As an expert in executive assessment, team diagnostics and succession planning, he brings objective measurement and insight to these important leadership areas. Conchie was a public sector leader in the UK before joining Gallup in London. In 2002, he brought his extensive global experience to Gallup’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, where Conchie now leads Gallup’s executive leadership consulting. He and his wife, Nicola, and children, Amy and Thomas, live in Maryland.


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This is the latest in a series of books whose authors discuss portions of the wealth of research data that The Gallup Organization has accumulated during the last several decades. They include Donald Clifton and Paula Nelson's Soar With Your Strengths (1996), Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman's First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Great Managers Do Differently (1999) and its sequel, Now, Discover Your Strengths (2001), Coffman and Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina's Follow This Path: How the World's Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential (2002), co-authored by Marcus Buckingham and Clifton, 12: The Elements of Great Managing, co-authored by Rodd Wagner & James K. Harter (2006), Buckingham's The One Thing You Need to Know... About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success (2005), Tom Rath and Clifton's How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life (2005), Rath's Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without (2006) and StrengthsFinder 2.0 (2007), Jon Fleming and Jim Asplund's Human Sigma: Managing the Employee-Customer Encounter (2007), and The Best of the Gallup Management Journal 2001-2007 co-edited by Geoff Brewer and Barb Sanford (2007). I highly recommend all of these books.

What we have in Strengths Based Leadership is Tom Rath and Barry Conchie's rigorous analysis of research that reveals at least some of the keys to becoming a more effective leader. The data includes more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with senior leaders, studies of more than one million work teams, and 50 years of Gallup Polls about the world's most admired leaders. Rath, Conchie, and their 28 research associates then initiated a study of more than1,000 followers throughout the world.
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An interesting and thought-provoking read. I'd recommend the book itself, but I'm not entirely convinced by the online test - of the top three strengths it claimed for me, two made sense and one was totally mystifying - absolutely not an attribute that I think I am strong on (or at least nowhere near as strong as some of the others that it didn't pick). I speculate that too many of my answers were neutral (which was how I answered if I really couldn't pick one of the two options provided over the other). However, there is no chance to go back and retake the test in order to find out. If this is the case, it needs better instructions up front as to how to deal with questions where you agree equally with both. And the report it provides based on the test is no more illuminating than reading the book. So, read the book, consider what your strengths are & how best to use them, but don't expect too much more enlightenment from the online test.
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This book was recommend reading through my MBA and the book did not disappoint. I've always felt that as part of the annual personal development process and mt career it was important to improve ones weaknesses. This books puts that theory in perspective by highlighting that it is about understanding your strenghts and using them as they give you your personal energy, great read.
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This useful leadership book supports its advice, guidelines and recommendations with solid research. Gallup Inc., the well-known polling company, has done far more research on leadership and the social sciences than any author could do alone. Here, Gallup executives Tom Rath - already a best-selling author - and Barry Conchie extrapolate significant findings on leadership from their company's mountain of research. They explain what superior leadership requires and what a leader's followers seek. Their book comes with unique access codes to leadership strength assessment. In a world of mixed opinion and amorphous authority, getAbstract recommends this empirical approach to understanding leadership by way of reliable data.
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When you read the book and take the questionnaire at the end it will really surprise you. Well worth getting for a senior leadership team within your business to find all your different strengths and weaknesses.
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I am a great fan of this book and the Positive Psychology School of thought generally. This book helps create a corportate lexicon that allows people to accept and encourage others Strengths - allowing people to flourish and develop to reach their potentiol. I have found it a really helpful philosophy for my Senior Team.
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This book comes with a test which help you to identify the strengths you have and how you use them to lead your team. There's another book named Strengthsfinder 2.0 which you should borrow after you did the test. It helps you to develop your strengths.
Since both books share the same test, you just need to buy one of them.
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Recommended by my boss, and enables you to focus on what you are good at rather than improving your weaknesses. A pleasant change to management books!
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