Leadership · Personal development

Do you have any advice/resources someone could use to help them discover their biggest strengths?

Benjamin Bertelsen MSc in Digital Innovation & Management

October 4th, 2016

The other day I was reading a book that discussed how critical it was to understand as a leader the strengths of your colleagues in order to allocate them on the right tasks to succeed and push the business forward. IN this regard, do you have any advice or resources that you can recommend?
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Anonymous

October 5th, 2016

I would recommend the book "Strengths Finder"(https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/159562015X/).

Rob Longley

October 5th, 2016

I'm going to echo some of the advice already given.  The DISC profile is probably the most popular today mainly because of it's simplicity.  I was certified as a Myers Briggs instructor years ago and it doesn't get used as much because I think it is somewhat more complicated than the DISC.  One of the strenghs of the Myers Briggs is it does a good job of showing your interaction with others.  Strengthfinder 2.0 is also an excellent choice - and you can do it yourself.  I've also seen some organizations using the Enneagram which I find very enlightening, but a little complicated to explain.  

Jerome Peloquin President, Family Fish Farms Network, Inc.

October 5th, 2016

While it is always good to know your partners and associates (use the Myers/Briggs personality profitle) it is YOU that is the most important cog in that wheel. Right from the beginning establish realistic expectations. Don't promise outcomes you can't control. Practice full integrity, make clear, time bound task assignments and hold people (...including yourself) accountable. Just because there is no paycheck does not mean that one can ignore assignmments. They are,"all in..." or, they are not ... make that clear in front. jj Jerome Peloquin President The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc. 717 Lawrence Street, NE Washington, DC, 20017 cell: (410) 227-0498 (Skype) fishfarms1 LinkedIn Profile email: aquaponikus@gmail.com website: www.thefamilyfishfarmsnetwork.com We grow healthy local food ... save fresh clean water ... create decent paying jobs.

Toni Sicola Corporate Wellness Director - Consultant at Livzo LLC

October 5th, 2016

Also, even better than Meyers Briggs is the Enneagram test. http://www.enneagramtest.net/ 

Tom DiClemente Management Consulting | Interim CEO/COO | Coach

October 5th, 2016

I agree, the Enneagram is a tool to measure emotional intelligence or EQ.  Tom

Tom DiClemente Management Consulting | Interim CEO/COO | Coach

October 5th, 2016

Start by having you and your colleagues take an emotional intelligence test and read and talk about your results and what it means in how you interact with each other. EI is by far a better determiner of leadership and interaction than any of the other tests mentioned. Not that they are not good but if you want to focus, start with EI.

Angelos Karageorgiou Linux Sourcerer

October 5th, 2016

Hello Benjamin, This is a hard, really hard question with no easy answer and I can only talk about IT teams. I was going to go on rant about creating controlled imbalances and artificial shortages and such to test the team's mettle but streuth there is only one single way to proper leadership: Engage with your people, live with them. bring down the barriers. Once people feel that they are safe and appreciated their true potential will show, not much more than that. Oh, and of course work WITH them not lord over them, take a couple of hits for them, throw a couple of punches at them. All of that may be difficult at times but highly rewarding. At times you will fail or even will lose some who at first appear great but are no more than paper divas. The trully great ones will percolate through. Now if your operation is large enough to have multiple teams , do as above with the team leaders and for f.ck's sake do not ask for performance reports. You should know the performance before they can tell you anything. Regards .A. Στις 2016-10-05 09:14, Benjamin Bertelsen έγραψε:

Toni Sicola Corporate Wellness Director - Consultant at Livzo LLC

October 5th, 2016

Hey, there's a book we use called Now, Discover Your Strengths. It includes a unique code to go online and take an assessment that gives you a better understanding of your strengths. Could be a cool addition to a welcome gift bag or something.

Carol Mann CEO TRIAGE

October 4th, 2016

The Meyers Briggs is an excellent tool for this purpose. There are many Psychologidts that can interpret test results. Please let me know how I can be of service to you. Carol

Dr. Dunbar Learning & Development, Leadership Development, & Talent Management Executive

October 5th, 2016

Benjamin...

Aram Perez is correct. "Strength Finder" is what you want. I am not sure if the self-assessment comes with the book or not. The self-assessment is the key to help you and your team identify your Top 5 strengths each. Then you can determine where you might have critical gaps you need to address and most importantly how to leverage each others strengths. Good Luck!