In Strengths Based Leadership, number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
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I wish I bought the paper book instead of the audio book. The second half of the book is really a reference to the 34 themes and just didn't work in audio format. While I think the content of the book was useful and I appreciate that they included a code to take leadership version of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 program, it would have been better to have the paper. In addition, the authors should not have read this book. They made the content very boring and uninteresting.
Having been a follower of the Strengths based principles since I was introduced to them with the first book - Break All the Rules - I was delighted that they had put together information focused on Leadership. As the Strength based 34 themes I was glad to see they had done the research to focus in on how leaders use their strengths to build great teams. There are many statistics in the process of gathering the information and usually I would give them a curious review and look for the information that would help me BUT I just could not get through the book. I have seen Tom Rath before and now that he is reading the book I have to really wonder why a statistician would be allowed to read a book. There is no passion for the information - no change in tones - I could only listen for 10-15 minutes at a time before I began nodding off. I know this is important information and getting the code for the book is important to take the test - so buy the book - NOT the audio.
Take the test first to identify your characteristics then you can focus on the ones that describe you instead of listening to all of them and wonder which apply.
I could not stay focused with the way Tom Rath reads his material. It is very flat (monotone). and mechanical. I was very interested in hearing about this material and was so disappointed when it could not hold my interest. When Barry Conchie started to read his part it was much better but still not what I would call a good voice to read a book. The other thing that was disappointing was that the book is supposed to have a code to go on line and take an evaluation before going on to the second half of the book but with the audiobook I did not know how to get a code. Is there one with the audiobook?
Where is the access code for StrengthsFinder 2.0 in the audiobook version? The narrator mentions that it is included, but I can't find it anywhere.
Both are essential for one's development, the book helps you look back on the strengths that has been said and easily reminded
Yes, it helps in one's development
When assigned to read this I was expecting this to be quite boring. I must say it is most interesting read for an assigned graduate text I have ever read. I purchased the book and audible version to help me finish quicker. But now I going back to just read my hardback on my on own. Lots of interesting and useful information!
I plan on listening to it as many times as it takes to own it's life changing, actionable, data driven methodology. I like when data demonstrates how well a product or idea delivers. I'm a busy person, time is the most precious. I would buy any book they publish. I love a great return on my investment. DD Vasseur.
It comes with one free online assessment analysis of your strengths. I love that the book gives real world examples of leadership styles in action. This is your leadership style and here is how this person used it successfully. It's so relevant & implementable.
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Listen & Reap! This Book would make a great gift to the people who matter in your life. Cool part is, helping others is the best way to help yourself. This kind of book can make the world better for all of us!
The performance was fine. The majority of the book is really for reference related to the Strengths Finders assessment so there isn't much to the story. I wouldn't waste an audible credit on this book. I'd buy it in print though.
Yes, while it's principles are still valid, the story is a little out of date. It would also be interesting to examine the companies that survived or failed during the most recent depression to see how their leadership structure compares to the book.
"Great book, great quality"
Just to let you know - it's performed in American English, but speaker is has a very nice voice and comprehensive accent.
"Some good points"
Could be more dynamic, more engaging, more real life examples. The book has been built on the back of extensive research so more living examples would have been fascinating.
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