One of the tools I use with clients is the Strengths Finder Assessment by Tom Rath, readily available in bookstores or online. This simple tool helps clients identify their top 5 strengths and to put to words what they might not otherwise recognize within themselves. Strengths Finder has now expanded to further help those in leadership. This assessment builds upon the 34 strengths theme by breaking them into four important leadership categories: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking. Whether you're running your home, your self, or a business, you are in some facet of leadership. Identifying where you might need help is crucial for success.
It’s easy to understand the importance of having members on your team that are executors, but imagine the need for strategic thinkers when you hit a dead-end. What about team members that nurture and build relationship, or Influencers that activate, communicate and maximize others?
Just yesterday at the hair salon the owner shared with me that it took a few years to figure out the team mix she needed. Now she has learned to pull from others strengths.
We need each other, boy do we! Finding the missing links in our own profile opens up the opportunity for great partnerships. I love working with strong ‘relational-executors’ to add to my own executing/influencing/strategic mix. What about you?
- Are you able to identify your strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you balance out your weak sides with the strengths of others?
- How good are you at asking for what you need?
- What supports have you implement to get the help you need?
These are all valuable questions for all of us. If you'd like to pursue further strategies for forward focus, vision clarification, inner work, goal settling and apprehending, creation and intentional action consider coaching.