To maximize your leadership results and productivity then you must discover and then be intentional about working in our areas of greatest talent. I have learned finding your personal talents is a process. It usually takes time to move from a broad perspective of what your talents might be to clearly identifying them. Finding your personal talents requires, self awareness, deliberate focus and effort, and allowing others to give you feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. When a leader start the process they are on the path toward their maximized results and effectiveness.
Below are 3 practical ways you can discover or clarify your personal talents:
1. Find and follow your purpose or passions-
Your purpose, passions, and talents are closely connected. If a leader focuses on one of those areas the other ones will become clear, over time. This is because when you concentrate on one of those areas you will naturally move toward the other areas. When I first listened to a John C. Maxwell CD it sparked my passion for the topic of leadership and personal growth. Over the next several years my passion for leadership allowed me to identify my purpose and areas of leadership talents. If you want to find or clarify your talents then discover either your purpose or passions, because in time those areas will point you toward your greatest areas of personal talents. An effective leader who sees maximized results is one who is working in their purpose, passions, and talents.
2. The classic method-
A classical and effective way to discovering your talents is to take a strengths or talents survey. This can provide you with clear results on your strengths and weaknesses. The books Strength Finder 2.0, Strength Based Leadership, and Standout each include a strengths test.
3. Ask a trusted friend or colleague-
Those around you and who see you lead on a regular basis already have witnessed your talents and weaknesses. When you have built a strong relationship with those on your team you can ask for their insights and input about your talents, as well as other important areas. It’s often easy to see someones else’s areas of talent while at the same time it may difficult to see or identify our own. This is why having an outside perspective or lens is important when it comes to finding or clarifying your talents.
Question: What are some other ways a leader can discover or clarify their personal talents?