To maximize your leadership requires finding, developing, and concentrating on your greatest areas of talents. Donald Clifton says talents are “your naturally recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.” They are the unique skills and abilities you were born with. Talent provides a leader with these positive things:
A position- Every organization needs a talented team of people and leaders. The key is to capitalize on your talents while working hard and maintaining your work ethics. When a leader does this it provides a position on the team and gives them job security. Good companies are always looking for talented leaders who live with character.
Sense of fulfillment- When a leader works in areas of talents it brings fulfillment. They go to bed at night able to feel a sense of pride and fulfillment because they had the opportunity to make a difference with their talents. Johann Wolfgang Goethe said, “The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.”
Purpose- Identifying your personal talents can direct you toward your life purpose. This is because your purpose and talents are closely connected with each other. If you find one of those areas the other soon will follow. Talents provide a roadmap to accomplishing your purpose and dreams. When I started to discover my talents in leadership it gave me a picture of my purpose and life calling. The same thing can happen to you when you find your personal talents.
The best results- Great leaders understand the importance of working in areas of personal talents. They know when they do they will produce the best results. So they focus on talents while delegating weak areas. Author Marcus Buckingham said, “Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time.”
Energy- Talent provides energy because you’re working in areas of strengths and passions. It provides you with a drive and enthusiasm about the day and future. Even if the task is demanding or challenging you will be full of energy when you focus on areas of talents.
Questions: What are some positive things your talents have provided you? Can you add to the list?