Finding Your Leadership Strengths

What is your strategic vision?

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Clinical psychologist and international speaker Jeff Baker believes that a key characteristic of strong leaders is finding purpose in your work. He discusses how to find your leadership strengths and how we are wired to succeed within challenging and difficult situations:

Good leaders have a sense of purpose and meaning. They’re not doing this blindly. There is a passion involved, and they share that. It doesn’t mean you buy into my strategic vision, but you have to find yours.

What makes this job meaningful to you? What makes your life meaningful to you? What is purposeful to you? It’s really about finding your leadership strengths, what you do well.

Think of it as vitality, as vitamin B12. It lights up the system because I’m now connecting my life, my behavior, with the core part of who I am.

When I connect the core part of what makes me tick, my strengths, with my behavior, it energizes me.

Are you connecting your work with your core? Do you consider this an inspirational leadership style?

We humans aren’t willing to do very much unless it matters. But good leaders know how to live by a purposeful, meaningful life, and they know how to facilitate that in other people. This is motivational leadership. Find those strengths in other people and help them connect to it, and act it out in their jobs, or in their life.

How would this would make you a better leader? Let us know how you strive to live a purpose-driven life – join the discussion by posting a comment below.
Good leaders have a sense of purpose and meaning. They're not doing this blindly. There is a passion involved, and they share that. It doesn't necessarily mean that you buy into my vision, but you have to find yours. What makes this job meaningful to you? What makes your life meaningful to you? What is purposeful to you? It’s really about finding your strengths, what you do well, and bringing them, and putting feet on them here in this place.

Think of it as vitality, as vitamin B12. It lights up the system because I'm now connecting my life, my feet, my behavior, what I do, my action, with the core part of who I am, the core part of me. When I connect the core part of what makes me tick, my strengths, with my behavior, it energizes me. It creates vitality because I'm now lighting up the whole system.

We humans aren't willing to do very much unless it matters. If it doesn't matter, we're really not in, and a lot of people work that way. But good leaders are people who know how to live by a purposeful, meaningful life, and they know how to facilitate that in other people. Find those strengths in other people and help them connect to it, and act it out in their jobs, or in their life, because all of a sudden the job matters, all of a sudden life matters, and I'm willing to do difficult things.

By the way, I think, if your life is comfortable, I don't think you're doing what matters. I think comfort is in opposition to meaning. If you're doing something meaningful, you're doing something difficult. It has to be that way. It's the only way it works.
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Dr. Jeffery Baker

Jeffery Baker, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist. He has been a health care provider for over 30 years. He is married and has two children.


Dr. Baker has been involved in individual, family, and group counseling with adul...

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