Why is is important to know and align with your strengths as a woman?
I get asked that question a lot, because as women in leadership positions we are often told to upskill in areas which are often not in our ‘zone of genuise’
When you’re running a business or expanding your career, the one thing that so often gets left behind is what you’re actually good at.
I went to a job interview recently and I realised two very important things:
- Halfway through the interview I realised that what they were actually wanting for the position was not a good skill set match for me.
- I was able to clearly outline what I was good at and also what I would want from my employer.
The difficult thing for many career driven and entrepreneurial women is to play hard in their strengths.
We spend a lot of our lives and professional path trying to minimise our weaknesses. Trying to meet the ever-changing space within organisations or the entrepreneurial space.
Here are the things — we owe it to ourselves to know what we are good at and make them our priority.
When I’m working with clients, I ask these three questions to discover their strengths:
- What do people come to you for?
- What do people tell you that you’re good at / praise you for?
- What was the best job that you’ve ever had and why?
No answer to these questions is irrelevant.
Maybe you’re amazing at taking charge in crisis situations.
Maybe people always tell you that they feel heard around you.
Or maybe people love that you’re team focused and no one is ever left out.
For the ‘best job ever’ I want to think about how you felt working there.
Why was it so good?
How were you treated?
Were your skills used?
It may be the job that you’re currently in, or a job that you had 10 years ago.
….whatever comes up, write it down. It’s ALL relevant.
Even if you’re taken the Gallup Strength Finder test these questions are of importance. When I ask these questions I usually get blank stares or penetrable silence. I think that is due to a very ingrained and adopted culture, as women, which focusing on spending a vast majority of our time trying to solve our weaknesses.
Stop minimising your weaknesses and instead exalt your strengths.
Let me know what you’ve written down in the comments below, I’d love to know what you’ve unearthed.
I would like to offer you a resource to take what I’ve been speaking about to the next level. I have created a ebook resource + audio education snippet on ‘9 Ways To Kick-Start Your Business’ for you.
This resource will help you explore strengths within the larger context of your
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