Identifying Your Strengths

Sometimes we could all use a pat on the back. The trouble is, we don’t always get that pat on the back from our boss. So, what’s an emerging leader to do? I’ve got an idea for you to help you acknowledge your strengths (and maybe discover them, too).

I highly suggest you check out StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. It’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive way for you to get a “read” on your strengths.

Here’s a few great reasons to check it out:

  • You’ve lost sight of your strengths and what you uniquely bring to the table.
  • Your performance review is coming up and you’d like to revisit your strengths and discuss with your boss how to put those attributes to work.
  • You’re working toward a promotion and need clarity on the strengths that make you a great fit for a next-level job.
  • It’s time to update your resume and your brand statement needs some work. But first, you need to feel inspired to write about your brand.

For under $20, you can purchase StrengthsFinder 2.0 and take an easy, online assessment to receive a report that outlines your top 5 strengths. Not only that, but the book itself is loaded with strategies to help you put your strengths to work.

If you’re leading a small team, purchasing a few copies of StrenthsFinder 2.0 and distributing it to the individuals on your team is a great way to recognize their talents and accomplishments. Have each individual on the team take the assessment and send their strengths report to you. Then, spend an hour with each individual talking about their strengths, getting insights on how you can help them grow, and ideas of the work they’d love to be doing.

Any time is a great time for self discovery and finding ways to do more of the work you love. And, it just feels good to think about and focus on yourself once in a while.

Let me know how it goes!


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