Recently we looked at the idea of adopting a work culture that embraces employee happiness and places it as a top priority. While this has shown to be a method for ensuring greater customer satisfaction, there are many ways to achieve greater employee happiness. A recent leadership approach that has been gaining traction with Forbes and typically results in greater workplace satisfaction is the Strength-Based Leadership model.
One unlikely organization that has actually found success with this leadership model and advocates for expanding its prevalence is the United States Army. In a recent Military Review article, author Melinda Key-Roberts indicates that military leaders will improve the likelihood of both unit and individual success by identifying their subordinates’ talents, providing individualized feedback, utilizing their strengths, building and maintaining a positive climate, and caring for and empowering subordinates. She cites that this will cause the leaders to “do more than develop well-trained subordinates-they develop future Army leaders.”
Sarah Pearce is a professional speaker, business coach, social strategist and author of Online Reputation: Your Most Valuable Asset in a Digital Age.
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