Great Leaders know how to motivate different kinds of people.
Great leaders that I have watched up close and at a distance plus read and studied all seem to know that leadership is not one-size fits-all. They understand how to assess and motivate different kinds of people toward success, not just people who think like them.
Here in my children’s ministry I have begun to use Tom Rath’s Strength Finder 2.0 as one of the many tools to get to know my team and their strengths as we build a healthy team. Once you take the online assessment you are emailed your strengths. The following are a summary of my strengths according to this indicator:
People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
I will continue the gift test posting in the near future as we develop it even more here in my children’s ministry at my church. But for now, I have taken all my coordinators/top level leadership and had them take the test as well. I have the results and we will be discussing them at our Leadership retreat I am taking them on in a week from now.
This tool along with others has helped me design ways to motiviate each one and properly postion them for success. Do you use any specific tools to help build your teams? If so what are they?