Intelligence is defined across a broad range of strengths and skill sets that are as varied and distinct as the people who walk on this earth. Reasoning skills, visual sense, and problem-solving are but a few of the metrics that comprise our personal range of strengths.
And yet, we as individuals are less likely to focus on our success and more likely to focus on our weakness. Instead of expanding our strengths, we end up spending all of our energy worrying about our weakness.
Let’s break this cycle by understanding and leveraging our strengths. In addition, let’s review some ways we can delegate all other tasks in a way that is positive for everyone.
Understand Your Strengths
Have you ever considered the possibility that you have untapped strengths? The first step to breaking the cycle and utilizing your strength is learning about the full you. From strength finders—MCORE and marketing DNA tests—you can begin to build an understanding of your strengths based on your interests. These measurements are designed to help point you towards what you will be passionate about. Where there is passion there is strength.
Leveraging Your Strengths
Minimize the bad and maximize the good. It doesn’t matter if a heart surgeon is a terrible cook. As long as they can perform with their strengths in heart surgery, no one judges. The same is true for your profession. Lean towards those tasks at the work that leverage the strengths that you have identified. In addition, don’t sweat the small stuff. Make sure that the things that take up the most amount of your time play to your strengths. You can talk to your boss about this. Because your strengths will lead to a better result, it is in everyone’s best interest to get you into a place where you can thrive and help the company the most.
Delegating Everything Else
No one is perfect. More to the point, no one should expect themselves to be perfect. Managing your strengths means managing other people’s expectations. Do what you are good at. Delegate everything else if possible.
As a final note, please consider the saying, “You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.” Contrary to this, we are capable of picking up new strengths with time and effort. Depending on your goals and objectives, you may want to take the time to build on your strengths as well.