If you are at a career crossroads or looking to take your performance to the next level, learning to develop and leverage what you naturally do best can be a game changer.
Building on your natural talents and developing them into strengths provides your greatest opportunity for growth,engagement, and performance excellence. Did you know that:
- People who use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs.
- People who learn to use their strengths everyday have 7.8% greater productivity.
- People who focus on their strengths are three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.
- Teams who focus on their strengths every day have 12.5% greater productivity.
So understanding and maximising your own unique strengths can be a critical driver of individual performance and happiness at work. Most people think they know what they are good at but often it’s difficult to pinpoint our own key strengths.
We all have natural talents, potential areas of strength that provide us with power and edge if developed and used productively.
Do you know what yours are?
Here are three steps to get started on the journey of recognising and leveraging strengths in your career.
Discover your unique talents using Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder® tool. Based on over 40 years of research into what makes people and organisations successful, StrengthsFinder® identifies your top 5 most dominant talents from 34 talent themes.
Like your unique fingerprint, the chances of you having the same top 5 in the same order as somebody else is 1 in 33 million! Yes you really are special!
The core of strengths development is focusing on developing what’s right, not fixing what’s wrong. Reflect on how your talents have influenced past successes, and seek opportunities to develop them into strengths by volunteering for projects or tasks that allow you to leverage what you do best. If you are changing careers, look for roles where you will have the opportunity to play to your strengths.
Your strengths are like your superpower, and when used effectively offer your best opportunity for performing with excellence and reaching your career potential.
Discovering your areas of strength, and learning how to engage them productively will help you to be at your best and make a valuable individual and team contribution. When setting goals, or planning how to achieve objectives, develop an action plan that outlines how you will use your strengths to help achieve success.
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