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Strengths-Based Leadership and Team Building

Take a StrengthsFinder assessment and discover your top five strengths. Learn how your "signature strengths" help you excel, and begin your path to better performance and higher engagement. Leaders must be able to identify their top strengths in order to understand how to relate to others, delegate authority, support teamwork, and serve successfully in a leadership role. You will also be able to see the impact of communication in a team environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess your own current communication effectiveness using results from the StrengthsFinder assessment.

  • Review common communication pitfalls (stereotyping, selective perception, halo/pitchfork effect, attribution, and vagueness) and how to avoid them.

  • Review best listening practices (active listening, paraphrasing, clarifying, and summarizing).

  • Determine the best communication approach for a given situation and tailor a message or approach to maximize communication effectiveness.

  • Practice better questioning and investigation techniques to gather more information and make better decisions.

  • Sharpen your communication skills by learning various communication styles and improve communication messages.

Facilitator – Traci McCausland

Traci is the founder of Follow Your Strengths and one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches in the state of Iowa. Follow Your Strengths offers customized StrengthsFinder® workshops, performance management training, leadership coaching, and speaking engagements.  Traci’s work experience includes organization development, career coaching, and training delivery. Clients have included ACT, Accenture, John Deere, Iowa State University, and The University of Northern Iowa.

Traci is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and earned her Bachelor in Business Administration in Management and Organizations from the University of Iowa and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.

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