Yes, it’s true that we and our team members contribute the greatest value, enjoy more success, and are happier and more engaged when we’re playing to our strengths. According to Marcus Buckingham, people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job. Teams that focus on their strengths are 12.5% more productive.
Discover your own strengths with this free strengths test, and then learn about them, how to apply them, and what to watch for. One place you can go to learn more is Lets Talk Personality. On this site you’ll find your strengths categorised under the headings of connecting, energising, mobilising, reflecting, and insights. Simply hover over the headings until you see the strength you’re looking for.
We recommend that you focus on your top 5 initially, and ask yourself this question
– “what can I do to ensure that the bulk of my time, and the time of my team (if relevant), is invested in one or more of our own strengths?”
If you want to explore the topic of strengths further you may want to check out books such as Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow, StrengthsFinder 2.0, or Now, Discover Your Strengths.