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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow

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According to Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, coauthors of Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow, it’s easy for leaders to misunderstand what followers need. The confusion is exacerbated because what leaders get paid to do often is not what their followers need them to do.

In this interview, the first of two parts, Rath and Conchie discuss followers’ four basic needs and why it is important for leaders to understand and meet those needs — and the challenges leaders face in meeting them. They explain how leaders’ emotional reactions can skew how they respond to challenges and why it’s riskier to avoid forming personal relationships with subordinates than not to.

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