Peer Voice Project

Strength-Based Leadership

Strength-Based Leadership, by Christina Carney

In Peer Support, we know that being strength-based is the most effective way to support people: Why would leadership be any different? The hard-nosed, tough-as-nails, rules with an iron fist leader creates fear and obedience (at best) but certainly doesn’t inspire. I think we could easily argue that it’s ineffective and can actually crush vision and creativity. Without vision and creativity, we are lost.

So what does strength-based leadership look like? What is the impact? This letter from Chanaiah Maxwell, posted on the ACEs Connection blog, shows us. Being strength-based not only supports our current projects and efforts, but also paves the way for new leaders to blossom, with the kind of leadership that can usher us into a brighter future.

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