Leaders assume a dominant role in social interaction, but effective leadership requires listening to the opinions and feelings of other group members as much as it involves active direction. Individuals who possess this strength are able to help their group to achieve goals in a cohesive, efficient, and amiable manner.
Too much: despotism, bossiness
Too little: compliance, acquiescence
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Lead an activity, assignment or project and actively solicit opinions from group members. Encourage members who rarely speak up to share their opinions.
Organise a family event that is intergenerational, including both young and old relatives. Involve everyone in conversation rather than allowing age groups to self-segregate. Draw people’s attention to cross-generational similarities.
Organise an event (surprise birthday party etc.) at your work that involves your colleagues. This can be a good opportunity to get to know them on a personal level.
Mentor a child in your neighborhood who would benefit from your skills. Listen carefully to them without paying attention to the age difference.
Stand up for someone who is being treated unfairly. Encourage other leaders to emphasize fairness in their group processes.
Rotate leadership of an event or activity. Give others the chance to be leaders and speak with them about their experiences.
Read a biography and/or watch film of your favorite leader and evaluate how he/she inspires you in practical ways. Consider what strengths you share with this figure.
When two people are in an argument, mediate by inviting others to share their thoughts and emphasizing problem solving. Set a respectful, open-minded tone for the discussion.
Help coach a kids team even if you don’t have a child playing. Emphasize group harmony and dynamics over competition and winning.
Initiate and lead a new family tradition such as thematic reunions, anniversaries, surprise parties, family strength dates, etc. Help organize your family members according to their signature strengths.
Organize a town-wide or block-wide yard sale. Form and lead a group to help elderly neighbors move possessions that they wish to sell.
Host a block party or holiday open house. Get to know the strengths and interests of your neighbors in case you are involved in a project with them in the future.
Gather and lead a group to clean a local park or cemetery. Give enthusiastic participants the chance to organize their own cleaning projects in the future.
Start a fitness or health group with your co-workers. Provide each other with encouragement, praise, and motivation.
Participate in a local political campaign. Learn about the issues involved and stay above “mud slinging.”
Make a list of possible ways that you could improve your leadership style. Ask people who you have led in the past for their input.