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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 2013
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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.

    9 of 9 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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    TBeck 01-14-15
    TBeck 01-14-15
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    "Some authors should not read their own books"

    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?

    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 2009
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bradford Vasseur 04-13-15
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    "Strengths Based Leadership, Indispensable, Own it"
    Would you listen to Strengths Based Leadership again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Conchie – was your favorite?

    NA


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Make Life Awesome, be an effective team player, here's how!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE United States 02-04-15
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wish I would have bought this in print instead"
    Would you try another book from Tom Rath and/or Barry Conchie?

    I would


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Principle-Centered Leadership


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

    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.


    Do you think Strengths Based Leadership needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 01-25-15
    Tim 01-25-15
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    "Good leadership book."

    The first few chapters were really good. once it gets into the details of different traits it gets a little dry for listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yin 01-17-15
    yin 01-17-15
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    "Stories of leaders"

    Interesting stories of leaders. But I did not find concept itself too new. I wanted to know more of implementation tips.

    0 of 0 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 2010
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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 2 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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  • Yulia
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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
  • James W
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    "Some good points"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Has Strengths Based Leadership put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


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