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The Impact of Strength-Based Coaching on Teams and Individuals

January 10, 2024

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How often have you, as a consultant, struggled to understand your client on a deeper level? You want to help them reach their full potential, but a piece of the puzzle is missing.  

Enter strength-based coaching, a strategy that focuses on leveraging individual and team strengths, offering a clear path to unlocking profound success.

Strength-based coaching is about identifying and amplifying the inherent talents within individuals and teams. It shifts the focus from trying to fix weaknesses to enhancing natural abilities. It allows you to guide your clients toward aligning their roles, tasks, and strategies with what they naturally do best. 

The result? Increased engagement, productivity, and a positive culture where every member’s unique contributions are valued. In this blog post, we’ll explore how strength-based coaching can be used with individuals and teams and for hiring.

Individual Growth Through Strength Identification

When individuals understand their instinctive strengths, they’re not just fitting into roles; they’re thriving in environments that naturally suit their abilities. This alignment leads to more than just job satisfaction; it results in significant boosts in productivity and engagement.

With strengths-based coaching, you can help your clients discover their natural inclination and pivot towards a career path that not only values but demands their unique abilities. 

Moreover, strength identification helps mitigate the imposter syndrome that many professionals face. Knowing that their strengths are not just valued but also vital to their role gives them the confidence to face challenges.

On an episode of Powered by Instinct, Elizabeth Cook explains how she works with individual clients. It begins with the client taking the Kolbe A™ Index  and discussing the results with her. She coaches each client differently based on their scores, and through continual feedback, she tweaks and adjusts the plan along the way. She shares the story of a client who cried after she saw her results because it validated why she never fit into a rigid corporate culture full of processes.

That is the value to you can bring your individual clients by adopting a strengths-based approach to coaching. But that’s not all, you can also use this approach for teams.

Enhancing Team Dynamics with Diverse Strengths

Strengths-based coaching can also be used when you are working with teams. You can assist teams in navigating their differences and transforming potential friction points into opportunities for synergy. The result? A team that not only achieves its objectives more effectively but also enjoys a more enriching and supportive work culture. 

A big part of working with teams is teaching them to communicate effectively and clearly. Elizabeth explains how she used her family’s Kolbe results to improve communication. The scores showed that two of their daughters are naturally inclined to plan less and just figure it out as they go. This was different from her and her husband’s way of working, which was leading to friction. Now, she keeps her daughters’ MOs in mind when she is talking to them and tries to see their perspective. 

Diversity in strengths fosters an environment where team members learn from one another, gaining insights into different ways of working and thinking. Your role in facilitating these discoveries and integrations is critical. Guiding teams to understand and embrace this diversity can lead to breakthroughs in how they collaborate and achieve their goals.

For teams to continue working well together, they need to hire smartly. Using the strength-based approach, you can help your client find an apt hire for their team. 

Preventing Burnout by Aligning Roles with Strengths

Guiding your clients through the nuanced process of hiring can significantly impact their long-term success. It’s about matching not just skills and experience but also aligning the core of what makes each candidate tick with the essence of the role they’re stepping into.

The strengths-based approach goes beyond traditional hiring metrics. You can use an objective assessment like Kolbe to understand how your candidate naturally executes on the job and compare that with the strengths needed in the specific role. It’s called the Kolbe RightFit™ Hiring Process or the powerful Role Alignment Guide.

For your clients, this means reduced turnover, heightened job satisfaction, and a team that’s inherently more productive and engaged.

Empowering your clients with this perspective shifts the hiring narrative from seeking the smartest candidate to discovering the “RightFit” candidate — someone who will thrive in the role based on their instinctive strengths.

Discover the Power of Strengths-Based Coaching

Strengths-based coaching isn’t just beneficial; it’s transformative for consultants aiming to elevate their impact. By focusing on individual growth through strength identification, enhancing team dynamics with diverse strengths, and adopting smart hiring practices, you empower your clients to achieve remarkable success. 


The Kolbe A™ Index, with its unique focus on conative strengths, offers a nuanced perspective that enriches this process, enabling a deep alignment between personal abilities and professional roles.

Leveraging tools like Kolbe allows you to unearth and harness the inherent strengths within individuals and teams. This strategic shift transforms organizational cultures, fostering environments where unique talents are not just recognized but celebrated. The outcome? Enhanced productivity, satisfaction, and a culture ripe for innovation and growth.

Now, it’s your turn to embrace these insights. Learn how to integrate the Kolbe A™ Index into your consulting toolkit and guide your clients through the transformative journey of strength-based coaching.

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