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.

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.

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

Lane Campbell Lifelong Entrepreneur

October 4th, 2016

Early stage you should let people set their own timelines for getting things done and then they can fall on their own sword by not finishing things within the deadline they set.

Iqbal Naiyer Test Leadership Opportunity??!!

October 4th, 2016

Well, being a leader, you need to trust your colleagues, as we all know every resource at all level have something to offer, it's up-to the leader to decide what's best for company/project, When you allocate a resources or delegate some of your work in either case you want to make sure both you and resource making the right decision. so, set up a touch-base meeting twice a week to make sure everything going as planned and if there are some hiccups need to take care of, then take care of that. 

Joey Carson Passionate Entrepreneur who works best with a great team!

October 4th, 2016

Hi Benjamin,
Great question. I would say before knowing the answer to that, it would be important to know yourself as good as you possibly can. In addition to reading many good books, you can also take personal evaluations which I have found to be very helpful and insightful and, by way of doing so, may give you additional insight into your team members. If you haven't taken any of these tests, I would highly recommend a few of these (some are given by different providers and some you can even do for free over the Internet):

DISC Personality Assessment
http://www.thediscpersonalitytest.com/

Myers Briggs Type Indicator
http://www.myersbriggs.org/

Via Character Strengths
http://www.viacharacter.org/www

A few books:
"The Four Agreements" Don Miguel Ruiz
"The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" John Maxwell
"Man's Search for Meaning" Viktor Frankl
"Start with Why" Simon Sinek
 Any book by Wayne Dyer ;-)

Good Luck!

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