Strengths-based self-awareness and leadership program

What is the focus of the program?

For a very long time, the world has revolved around our weaknesses, our mistakes and how to fix them. Society is almost exclusively focused on people’s shortcomings, so organisational development training and education is a life wisdom of “learn as much as you can, in case you need it” trying to turn us all into what we are not, distracting attention from what we are really good at.

A global study has confirmed what anyone can easily see in their everyday life: unfortunately, 80% of people have very little idea of what really determines their own performance, what they should do themselves and what to delegate, how to stay motivated, or how to be successful in the long term.

According to research conducted by the Gallup Institute, employees who use their strengths at work every day are significantly more motivated and outperform those who try to succeed by improving their weaknesses.

Furthermore, organisations that build on the strengths of their employees (as opposed to solely developing weaknesses) achieve on average

  • ~50% higher profitability,
  • ~44% higher employee and customer satisfaction and
  • ~50% lower turnover.

Objectives and structure of the program

The aim of the program is to develop and support leadership awareness, so that leaders build on their strengths and use them consciously in their everyday work. If they build on their strengths, they will be more authentic in what they do and more credible with their colleagues. And authentic leaders lead to a more satisfied, productive, engaged team with higher than average levels of psychological safety.

During the program, participants will

  • learn about the thinking and science behind positive psychology and strengths-based work and leadership, the practical meaning of talent and strengths, their impact on individual and business performance and motivation,
  • Building on the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 test, they will learn about their talents, on which they will build specific strengths during the workshops,
  • learn different strategies to use their own and their subordinates’ strengths in their daily work and how to be more effective as a leader in their daily life,
  • learn how to develop strengths-building habits, engaging in tasks that empower them as much as possible, and taking on fewer of those that hold them back,
  • learn about the importance of follow-up in developing people (the use of strengths is encouraged and followed-up in the framework of pair coaching sessions).


What tools do we have to support leaders?

Scientifically well founded learning takes place in practical, thematic workshops. We use tools to develop self-awareness and mutual understanding, with a strong emphasis on follow-up and turning knowledge to action. The Strengths-based Self-Awareness Program is based on the Strengths Philosophy model of Tom Rath and Marcus Buckingham.



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