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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow | [Tom Rath]

Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow

In Strengths Based Leadership, best-selling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of their 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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Publisher's Summary

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.

When you purchase this audiobook, you will be emailed a unique code that provides access to a leadership version of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 program at strengths.gallup.com.

Please note: When you purchase this title, you will be emailed a unique ID that provides access to accompanying online material.


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    Rick Chalfont, PA, USA 01-20-10
    Rick Chalfont, PA, USA 01-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Does not work in audio form"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    JIm 12-15-09
    JIm 12-15-09
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    "Strengths Based Leadership"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Michael Blake Highland Park, IL, United States 04-10-13
    Corey Michael Blake Highland Park, IL, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Crappy as an audiobook"

    Trying to listen to lists after lists in audiobook form is like asking to have your eyes gauged out with spoons. So the first half was interesting, but this is pointless as an audiobook in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David flagstaff, AZ, United States 04-07-12
    David flagstaff, AZ, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book on Working with Others"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ivy USA 03-07-13
    Joseph Ivy USA 03-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I can has read

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    "The second have of the money is at"
    Would you listen to Strengths Based Leadership again? Why?

    Yes. I'm in a strengths based organization and work in the human resources division. I have to know it and use it beyond my team when I am consulting with other teams.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm thinking of this book as a reference book. The great content in the book are the sections on each strength where the authors descibe how to lead from that strength and how to lead other's who have that strength. The one glaring thing that is missing is how to work with a leader who has that strength. I would add a section from the followers perspective on each strength.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The think that I liked most about the performance was the conversational style. I really felt as though Barry could have been sitting next to me in my car, doing yard work, or eating breakfast while I listed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. the 'moment' is really the bulk of the book where they describe how to work in each strength.


    Any additional comments?

    This is simply, really excellent content. I'm thinking they should write a book for strengths based following... though they should probably have a better name than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Lubbock, TX, United States 11-29-11
    Kelly Lubbock, TX, United States 11-29-11
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    "Great psychological insight to leading your team"

    The strengths finder test and report are spot on and insightful. Great for your whole team to to read for a better understanding of everyones strengths and how to use that knowledge to take your team to the next level. Also a great hiring tool to find the best qualified candidate according to the strengths needed for that position or strengths needed to make your team more well rounded.

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    Nadene 02-15-10
    Nadene 02-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "good info"

    I thought the reader was fine. The book has great info. It is true that the last half of the book is based on info from the test you can take. I think that it is worth the sale price to get it. I found it fascinating and was glad I could listen to it rather than wade through reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FADIAH SG. BULOH, Malaysia 01-01-14
    FADIAH SG. BULOH, Malaysia 01-01-14
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    "This downloadsuck and wasted my payment"
    What would have made Strengths Based Leadership better?

    It did not download to my audible software


    What was most disappointing about Tom Rath’s story?

    It did not download to my audible software


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barry Conchie’s performances?

    It did not download to my audible software


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strengths Based Leadership?

    It did not download to my audible software


    Any additional comments?

    IT DID NOT DOWNLOAD TO MY AUDIBLE SOFTWARE: IT SUCKS,

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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