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1 Group One, Forum Nine Douglas Barnes Liberty University The Strong Get Stronger This paper advocates that organizations should concentrate on their employees’ strengths more than their weaknesses. Focusing on one’s strengths requires an understanding of trait and motivation theories, although Philippians 4:13 identifies the greatest source of strength: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (New International Version). Satterlee (2009) states that “trait theories assume that individuals are born with traits that are suited to leadership and that the right combination of traits will make a good leader” (p. 114). Contingency theory suggests that “team members can be motivated when the tasks they are expected to perform align well to their individual skills” (Hierstetter, 2009, p. 59). Therefore, because people naturally possess certain abilities, organizations should apply strength theory when assigning work to their employees. Strength theory stresses that, “focus must be on strengths while weaknesses are to be managed, not ignored” (Clifton & Nelson, 1992, p. 27).
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