This week, John and I have been at Chick-fil-A’s annual seminar for operators and home office staff. We heard from incredible speakers, had a surprise concert from Martina McBride, and were treated to a romantic evening of dinner and dancing on Valentine’s Day.
It was definitely a “remark”able experience, as Chick-fil-A likes to call it.
Yet one of my favorite times during the event was hearing Marcus Buckingham speak. I love his passion for uncovering and developing others’ strengths. Rather than focus on fixing weaknesses, which you can only improve upon so much, he challenges leaders to focus on developing their team’s and their own personal strengths. Strengths are where the opportunity presents itself for major growth.
Buckingham ended his talk by stating that authenticity is the most valuable tool a leader has. He urged us to take what is unique about us a a leader (for instance- your influence, your pioneering spirit, your energy) and make it useful.