How To Uncover Your Strengths as a Leader and Manager
Talents can only help you get so far in your career, especially early in your career when technical and analytical talents are essential. But as you move forward into leadership roles, you'll find that your strengths will be more valuable to your success.
Our strengths are not the same as our talents. For instance, you may have a natural talent for the technical parts of your job, but what truly separates you from others in your field are strengths like resilience and persuasion.
Everybody has strengths but putting a finger on your personal strengths can be difficult. You should try to identify your strengths because doing so is an important tool, particularly with regards to leadership. Effective leaders spend a lot of their time applying their strengths while compensating for their weaknesses. When you fully understand your strengths, you are more capable of handling the right tasks and delegating effectively.
The internet is filled with online self-assessment you can use to get a sense of your strengths. While these tests should be taken with a grain of salt, they can be a useful guide. Once you’ve identified your areas of strength, you should figure out where you use your strengths and how you can lean into these strengths to achieve greater success. You should also look for areas where you haven’t taken advantage of your strengths.
Have Others Assess You
In addition to conducting a self-assessment, you should also look to trusted colleagues for assessment. Identify people around you who you trust and ask them if they can identify your strengths. Try to find any common themes or patterns and create a shortlist of personal strengths.
When you perform this exercise in your workplace or even with your employees, it can help to cultivate a valuable culture of feedback and transparency.
Consider Your Weaknesses
Completely leaning into your strong points isn’t always as powerful as it might seem. To be a truly great leader, you should also know your weaknesses and how they affect your role as a leader. Being conscious of your flaws can help you overcome personal adversity and support your team during difficult times.
Determine an Ideal Leadership Style
While there are a few right and wrong approaches to lead, there is no solitary style that suits everybody. There are numerous effective approaches to leading a group of people, and you ought to identify the leadership style both suits you and meets the particular challenges you're facing.
Whether it’s rallying people around a vision, coaching your employees, building consensus or being transactional, each leadership style has its pros and cons. A good understanding of your strengths and weaknesses should help you figure out which style suits you best.
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