Developing Personal Strengths
The process of helping leaders and staff make more of their talents and personal strengths can broken down over three stages:
Participants are invited to complete the Strengthscope tool to help them identify their naturally occurring strengths and talents.
With clear answers to these questions, we gain a sense of peace and well being. We experience less frustration and can find a way forward faster. There is no doubt in our minds. We are more productive faster and energised. We become a better leader of ourselves as well as others. Above all, we can now work out how to play to our personal strengths and make the most of our self.
Leaders gain enlightenment as they get to know themselves in deeper ways and eventually start to increase the professional time that they spend connected with this deeper awareness. Really knowing who you are allows you to move on to the next step.
We can so often get caught in the trap of thinking we need to be all things to all people. We focus on what we need to fix to be more effective rather than playing to our strengths. Accepting yourself means letting go of the belief that you need to work on your weaknesses as an instrument for performance improvement. You may well need to fix certain things critical to your role, as they could inhibit your ability to do your job well or derail your career. An air traffic controller with a low attention to detail is sure to be a recipe for disaster!
Make more of your talents by learning to strengthen them. Accepting that you have something to offer, we often dismiss our own talents as being unimportant. Accepting what you are and what you are not. Once this is clear and you have learnt to accept yourself as you are, you can genuinely be yourself.
Being true to yourself and following the convictions of your own beliefs. Being authentic means being the “real you” not the person that someone else wants you to be. How will you lead people? How will you make your unique contribution? It’s about being honest with yourself and others. Great leadership is about letting people know what you stand for and then following the convictions of your own beliefs. This is easier to do when you are aware of your own strengths and how you will maximise those strengths.
Do you know how you will you be great? What is unique about you? When you know what you are not, you can feel comfortable just being yourself. You will probably have areas for development, usually as result of the compensating energy of being so great at something else. Poor or even average performance is not the result of people not being good enough – they are just trying to be good in a way that doesn’t suit them. The key is to find your way to be successful. Then that is your recipe, with its own unique flavours, which will enable you to perform at your very best.
Here’s what people will notice: confidence, presence and charisma that comes up from your soul. Sound dramatic? That’s because it is!