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This month, let's focus on building up our team's productivity and collaboration through strengths-based leadership. A strength-based leadership style encourages a positive work environment by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. By assigning tasks that align with individuals' strengths, leaders can enhance team member engagement and overall job satisfaction. As team members feel valued and understood, their confidence and motivation increase, leading to improved productivity. Moreover, when leaders invest in developing and amplifying strengths, they foster a sense of trust and belonging.

The three types of strengths assessments we focus on this month are: Each of these assessments measure your natural or go-to method of handling information and taking action. The assessments are designed to tell you more about your behavior. Completing these assessments with your teams and sharing results are a great way to learn more about each other. Not only do you better understand how they operate, but you learn best practices for communicating. For example, you might learn that someone is an introvert and prefers information up front, and that they deliberate on information before sharing their thoughts.

  Another way to integrate strengths and behavior assessments into your office is by building teams around your findings. If someone on a team has strengths in areas A and B, but lacks in C and D, you can add team members who excel in C and D. Building out teams this way is sure to create more productive and functional working groups.

The 2023 Learning Framework’s theme is “Fostering a Sense of Belonging through Learning.” You will find curated content each month focused on a designated outcome with ties to belonging. Each month will feature a new topic related to Quarterly Pulse Survey outcomes and features content from The Missouri Way Training Series, MO Learning, and many external resources. The Learning Framework was created to save time researching development opportunities on your own and provide common learning opportunities for all team members. Now, you have more time to focus on your day-to-day work. Use this monthly guide to help you reach your professional goals throughout the year!

Don’t forget – we offer monthly live training opportunities as part of the Learning Framework. Reserve your spot today by registering here. Looking for more learning content on strengths-based leadership? Find out more on the July page of the Learning Framework. The ENGAGE team is always here to help. If you have any questions, please email the Talent Management Help Desk at engage@oa.mo.gov or 573-526-4500.