I recall Peter G Northouse (2015) discussing the concept of strengths-based leadership in his text Introduction to Leadership – Concepts and Practice. He defined strengths leadership as “an attribute or quality of an individual that accounts for successful performance” (pg 50).  Northhouse quoted Alex Linley’s definition of strength leadership as

“a preexisting capacity that is authentic and energizing and enables peak performance” (pg 50).

These two statements support Keith Patching’s (2007) explanation that a person’s most effective leadership strategy must be closely aligned with their character and values (pg 129). In doing so, the leader will consistently experience favorable results and will be energized by his/her own success and satisfaction.

One of the reasons I like to hire middle-aged adults who have had enough successful experiences in life is because they know their strengths, their values are solid, and their character is established. They tend to be extremely committed to the work environment that allows them to lead the way they were born to lead (Patching, 121). This works well for me because it allows me to operate from my sage strategy wherein “impact is felt through the activities of other people” (pg 125). It allows me to lead effectively by providing other people with the platform to develop in the areas that are most valuable to them and that are also beneficial to my overall program goals.  Everyone wins.


Northhouse, P. (2015). Introduction to Leadership – Concepts and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications, Inc

Patching, K. (2007). Leadership, Character and Strategy – Exploring Diversity. New York, NY. Palgrave Macmillian.