Eleven members of Forbes’ Coaches Council weigh in on the assessments executives should take. Yes, the CliftonStrengths assessment is at the top of the list! And, no, this assessment is not just for executives. It is for anyone who wants to know themselves, be their best and do their best work.
Many people, myself included, have found this assessment to be highly impactful. I think the reason is that it helps you dig through the clutter of what you are told to do, told to be, your aspirations and failures and pulls out the gold nuggets of what you naturally do best.
Not everyone works from their greatest strengths. Think about coming home from school with a report card. On your report card are 2 As, 4 Bs and 1 F. How much time gets swallowed up on the F? How do you feel at the end of that conversation? Not to say the F shouldn’t be part of the conversation. But, how would the conversation change if you led with the As and Bs and followed with the F?
While we all need to get through elementary and secondary school , we don’t all have to be great at everything. In fact, none of us is great at everything. We each have unique talents that we are naturally great at. If we foster those talents and invest in them, they can become our greatest assets. They become our strengths.