Strengths Based Leadership

Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow
By: Tom Rath
Narrated by: Barry Conchie
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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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.

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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Difficult to get access code

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Good book, but I had a difficult time getting the access code for StrengthsFinder 2.0. Per the listing, "Please note: When you purchase this title, you will be emailed a unique ID that provides access to accompanying online material." Had to contact customer service because no email was sent and the code is not accessible from the library.

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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.

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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.

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Where is the access code in the audiobook version?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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Did Strengths Based Leadership inspire you to do anything?

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Any additional comments?

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.

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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.

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Didn't receive Email to take the test.

It says that I will get a unique code to take the online version of the Strengths Finder 2.0 test. I never received the email.

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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?

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informative

Very educational and motivating. It focussed my mind on strengths. To work with my strengths.

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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.

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Loved this book

I appreciate the learnings this book offers so much! I recommend a menu that allows you to easily move between the 34 talents and choose the ones you want to listen. The format does not currently allow that and it’s hard to repeat certain talents effectively.

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  • Yulia
  • 06-06-12

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.

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  • samantha
  • 04-16-15

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