Leadership: Play to Your Strengths

Are you a good leader? What are you good at? What are you bad at? If you don’t know what you are good at or bad at, then how will you know the best way to approach challenges?

I recently took a brief evaluation to help answer some of those questions. The title of the test is ‘The Energy Director Assessment’.  It was a series of 32 questions that generated results based on two option scenarios that best fit what you felt or would do.

Taking this basic inventory of myself, the results determined I have strengths in being “grounded” and “logical.” What does this mean? The grounded portion likes procedures, keeping people on task, and moving forward, but lacks creativity. The logical side likes to be analytical, solving problems rationally, but won’t go out on a limb for a new idea. Reflecting on my life and experiences I would agree with the results.

Knowing these traits allows me to focus on what I am good at. It also teaches me what I am not good at: creative brainstorming, reading people, interpreting emotions, trying new ideas. That is 100% fine and I am okay with that; I am not perfect.

I challenge you to do some soul searching of your own. Take an inventory of your personal skills. What are you good at, what are you bad at?

Now focus on your strengths. These traits define you. You have a comparative advantage over others when you use these traits. Focusing on them you highlight what you excel at doing.

On the flip side knowing your weakness is just as important. You don’t need to necessarily improve them to the same point as your strengths but assess them and work around them. Surround yourself with others who complement your unique set of skills. Creating synergy amongst each other. I do suggest you work on your weaknesses and improve them. I know I will be doing that myself, but the point here is don’t waste too much time on them when you have unique skills to help you excel already in your arsenal. Move past it and beyond it.

Nicholas (Nick) Knudtson is a participant in the 2018 Leadership Academy presented by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is an account executive at Konen Insurance Agency and holds Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations.

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