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[Recap] Called to Coach: India Edition -- Rajat Chawla
On a recent Called to Coach: India Edition, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Rajat Chawla.
Rajat first discovered his strengths about 10 years ago when he transitioned from a sales and marketing role to a position in IT. Having much less IT experience than his colleagues, Rajat was unsure of whether he made the right career move. To help him better understand his talents, he turned to the Clifton StrengthsFinder. Discovering his strengths gave him insights into how he could bring his talents to the forefront of his career.
On the subject of leadership, Rajat says that there isn’t a specific set of strengths that make a leader successful. There is, however, value in deliberately knowing and owning your strengths and in implementing them into your leadership style. By purposefully leading within your strengths realm, you will become more genuine and self-aware, which will bring about your success as a leader.
Many team leaders today continue to attempt to fix the weaknesses of their team members. When beginning a coaching session with leaders, Rajat says it’s critical to help leaders understand that strengths-based development isn’t about exposing weaknesses, but rather highlighting natural talents. Leaders must clearly understand this before they can make any real progress.
To hear more about Rajat and his coaching experiences and expertise, watch the full video above. Join us for the next Called to Coach: India Edition on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. IST (+530 GMT). We will be hosting strengths coach Balaji Kumar.
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Rajat is a business intelligence and customer centricity expert and has been a business leader with some of the leading Global 500 companies. He has been an adviser to CEOs and is considered to be a thought leader.
Rajat’s top five strengths: Maximizer | Intellection | Input | Learner | Connectedness.