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Making the Most of Your Strengths. Why Do Self-Assessment?. Powerful personal development tool when used correctly Reflection and self-knowledge are cornerstones of leadership development Others are assessing you anyway!!. Why Use This Particular Assessment?.

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why do self assessment
Why Do Self-Assessment?
  • Powerful personal development tool when used correctly
  • Reflection and self-knowledge are cornerstones of leadership development
  • Others are assessing you anyway!!
why use this particular assessment
Why Use This Particular Assessment?
  • Assessment is scientifically sound
  • Good ideas to accompany the assessment
  • Focuses on the positive
  • Is quick and inexpensive
underlying assumptions
Underlying Assumptions
  • Building from strengths is more efficient and effective than working on weaknesses
  • Understanding your strengths can help you find “good fits” in your life
  • Your strengths shed light on who you are
  • Understanding your strengths can help you become a better leader
a crucial difference
A Crucial Difference
  • Skills: thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that you can learn and / or do
    • Skills are fairly easily acquired
    • Skills quickly degrade without frequent reinforcement
  • Talents: any recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied
    • Talents are unique and enduring
    • Talents are your “T1 lines”; spontaneous, top-of-mind reactions to situations
a quick note
A Quick Note
exercise making sense of themes
Exercise: Making Sense of Themes
  • Write down your top five themes (or have your test output handy)
  • ID one of the themes that resonated with you
  • Put the theme into your own words by thinking of an example of when you used the theme
your signature themes
Your Signature Themes
  • StrengthsFinder Signature Themes: these are your five most dominant themes of talent
    • In these areas, you have the greatest potential for a strength.
    • Focusing on these themes is an efficient way and effective to build from your strengths
about your signature themes
About Your Signature Themes
  • Represent top five areas for potential strengths
  • Rank ordered from 1st to 5th in dominance
  • Signature themes show consistency in repeated tests and over time
  • Absence of theme does not necessairly constitute weakness
exploring a relevant theme
Exploring a Relevant Theme
  • Example of signature themes
    • Strategic
    • Learner
    • Futuristic
    • Achiever
    • Maximizer
  • Need to clearly understand the theme
  • Look for larger patterns
findings from top achievers
Findings from Top Achievers
  • Top achievers build their lives around talents & develop talents into strengths
  • Top achievers are highly aware of “fit” in their life (they use strengths in roles that best suit them)
  • Top achievers figure out creative ways to use strengths when doing “grunt work”
using your themes
Using Your Themes
  • Read applicable book sections (p.83-116)
  • Highlight insightful and pertinent ideas
  • Look for talents underlying themes
  • Discern broad patterns in themes
  • Encourage others to take the StrengthsFinder
  • Check for congruency and fit
using themes to assess fit
Using Themes to Assess Fit
  • What do your themes tell you about your choice of academic major?
  • Choice of university?
  • What about choice of profession?
  • And your leadership style?
leadership implications
Leadership Implications
  • Understand what Signature Themes say about you
  • Self-knowledge is cornerstone of effective leadership
  • Actively reflect on themes and talents
  • Use talents and strengths to enhance your leadership capacity
leadership implications16
Leadership Implications
  • Understand what Signature Themes say about others
  • People are unique
  • Effective leadership requires individualization
  • Use book p. 117-210 for insights on leading others according to themes
exercise your greatest hits
Exercise: Your Greatest Hits
  • Think about your greatest successes and triumphs. Briefly write down the answers to the following three questions:
  • What has been your most successful experience in an employment, service, or volunteer work setting?
  • What has been your most successful experience in an academic, learning, or athletic setting?
  • What has been your greatest success in an interpersonal relationship, leadership role, club, team, or organization?
putting it all together
Putting it all Together
  • What are the patterns between your greatest successes and your themes?
  • Do your themes shed light on fit—or lack of fit—in your life?
  • How can your themes inform your development?
strengthsfinder lessons
StrengthsFinder Lessons
  • Know your strengths and organize your life to best leverage them
  • Remember that the list is only top 5
  • Continually assess fit in your life
  • People bring different strengths to the table