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Finding Your Strengths at Work

Do you find yourself looking for your weaknesses and trying to improve on them? That shows you have character—but isn’t the smartest way to go about things.

In today’s skills-based economy, you should find your strengths and work on them. You have a unique genius in some area and that is what you should be exploiting—your company may even create a new position for your skillset.

But how do you know what your strengths are?

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

Write a list of the times that you feel most successful at work. What is the common theme among them?
When does time seem to just fly by? What can I easily concentrate on and learn about?
When am I frustrated that others are doing something wrong? What seems very simple to me and complicated to others?
After answering these questions, you’ll have a list of strengths that you can leverage at work. If you are still struggling, you can always take a strengths-based assessment or talk with a coach.