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Three Steps to Strength-based Development by Ken Ejiofor

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Peter Drucker once said that the surest way to succeed is to know what you are good at, and then position yourself into roles where it is your strengths that are in demand. Strength-based development builds on—but goes beyond—this

Step 1
The first step in strength-based development is to help people around you know what they are good at. There are a number of ways to do this,
ranging from informal reflection to psychometric testing and even 360-degree feedback.

These can all be useful, but the emerging field of positive psychology offers you a new and unique path: character strengths. It is inexpensive and easy to administer. Praise their positive characters and encourage them to improve on them.

Step 2
Once those around you know what their
strengths are, you can begin the second step, which flies in the face of our traditional ‘deficiency approach’.
‘A problem-centered intervention isn’t the entire answer to a successful developmental experience.’ Robert Kaplan.

In fact, research shows that it is easier to develop your strengths than to develop your weaknesses. This suggests that someone who is
naturally organized will get more out of a book on time management than someone who is not, or that someone who is good at public speaking
will take more away from a course on how to present well than someone who goes weak in the knees just thinking about stepping up to the podium.

Your aim in this step is to help people
move from being good at something to being great at it by honing their natural talents until they truly shine.

Step 3
Of course, there are times at work when we all need to do things that require skills beyond our natural strengths. We all need to round out our
skills, which can necessitate shoring up our weaknesses. The third step of strength-based development offers us a new and more motivating way to do this.

Once those around us have identified a weakness to work on, simply ask them how they can use their strengths to achieve their developmental goal. We all like to use our strengths. After all, it
is our strengths that have got us where we are today, and they are a wealthy resource that people can tap to help them in any endeavour.

If you want to build yourself, help others to discover themselves. It makes you more diligent in making sure you are improving too. Making a positive change in Nigeria is a collective work.
One for all; all for One!




Ken Ejiofor is the Project Director, Golden Minds Nigeria. The Founding President of Golden Minds on Campus in UNIBEN in 2004, he loves travelling, public speaking, and reading motivational books. He has an ambition to be a divine Minister of God’s word and be a strong voice and influence in government towards making things right. You can connect him  on Facebook: Ken Ejiofor

Categories: Articles, Self-empowerment
  1. 05/07/2013 at 23:57

    Wonderfully resourceful piece of article! I enjoyed reading this article, more because of the useful tips on improving my strengths. Thanks for sharing, sir

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