Strengths Development

Leadership and Management


Whether you are a volunteer leading a team for one of your parish ministries or a priest managing your staff, the greatest asset you possess is your people. Leveraging the strengths of those people allows you access to greatness. When you tap into this source of wisdom and power, your team will experience more confidence and act with more direction, more hope and produce better results.


Gallup's research shows that building strengths is a far more effective approach than trying to improve weaknesses. The process of helping someone discover their own exceptional abilities, recognize their weaknesses, and help them understand how the abilities of others can help complement themselves is key to achieving success. When staff, volunteers, or parishioners know and use their strengths, they are more engaged, more committed, and are less likely to leave.


Gallup’s five year research on the nature of collaboration and productivity revealed three simple statements that describe what people in highly effective partnerships and teams believe:  


  • We complement each other’s strengths.

  • We need each other to get the job done.

  • The other person does some things much better than I do, and I do some things much better than the other person.

Power of 2, by Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller


As a leader, you are uniquely positioned to advance a person's self-awareness and invite further experimentation with their talents, helping the individual find new ways to use those talents to benefit the organization and team.  You can also influence a strengths-based team culture in your parish or organization, which encourages strengths-based collaboration and growth. 



Lab Practicum 402

As your team's leader, ask each of your team members questions, such as:

  • What do you do naturally that could benefit the team?
  • Given your 'Top 5' talent themes, where can you best contribute and add value to the team?
  • What do your 'Top 5' themes say about how you work, how you achieve, and how you perform as a member of this team?

These questions give you an opportunity to reinforce the value that each person brings to the team and helps them claim their talents and take responsibility for using them for the benefit of the team.



Lab Practicum 403


Continue your strengths leadership and management journey by learning about some of the easy-to-use measuring tools Gallup has to offer, such as: 


  • Managing for Engagement Kit. Use this Gallup tool to incorporate into your management approach. Click here for more information.
  • Measuring for Success with Employees. If you are a Priest or staff manager, consider using Gallup’s Q12 'employee engagement' survey. This short, web-based survey is a fantastic tool for discovering sources of engagement and disengagement within your organization. Learn how you can use the data obtained from the survey to more fully engage your employees.

  • Measuring for Success with Parishioners. If you are a Priest, consider using Gallup’s ME 25  'parishioner engagement' survey. This short, web-based survey uncovers sources of engagement and disengagement within your parish. Learn how you can use the data to create an action plan to more fully engage your parishioners.