Decades of research have shown that when people are ready to use their strengths, they have higher levels of psychological vitality. When people use their strengths they experience positive energy and buzz. The more hours per day adults believe they use their strengths, the more likely they are to report having ample energy, feeling rested, being happy, smiling or laughing a lot, and being treated with respect.
People who intentionally use their strengths to accomplish their goals are far more likely to achieve them. When they achieve their goals, they satisfy their psychological needs and are happier and more fulfilled as a result.
Recent research found that people who use their strengths report higher levels of self-efficacy and believe they are capable of achieving the things they want to achieve.
When managers emphasise strengths, performance is significantly higher; conversely, when managers emphasise weaknesses, performance declines.
People who use their strengths are less likely to report experiencing worry, stress, anger or sadness.
The opportunity to do what they do best each day – that is, use their strengths – is a core predicator of workplace engagement.
Are more effective at developing themselves and growing as individuals
When focussing on self-development, people improve faster in areas where they are already strong, compared with areas where they are weak. The more hours per day adults believe they use their strengths, the more likely they are to report having learned something interesting.
Strengths-based development aims to help team members discover, develop, and use their unique talents for greater team engagement and productivity. It is an approach that helps them identify how they can purposefully aim their talents so that the team is better equipped to accomplish its goals and performance objectives and respond to everyday situations.
A person’s greatest talents – the ways in which he or she most naturally thinks, feels and behaves – represents the person’s innate power and potential. When a manager and a team can tap into this source of wisdom and power, they become more efficient, act with more confidence, direction, and hope, and are more productive.
Strengths-based development is an approach that helps team members identify how they can purposefully aim their talents so that the team is better equipped to accomplish its goals and performance objectives and respond to everyday situations.