To be a successful leader, it is crucial to know yourself. We all bring different leadership strengths and weaknesses to the table as a leader. One of my leader mentors said it best: “The flip side of your strength is your weakness.” Being aware of both, will serve you well as you lead.
Personal insight and self-understanding allows you to lead from your strengths and better manage your gaps or weaknesses. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses helps you put the right people around you to balance out the overall strength of your leadership team.
I have used all four of these tools and have found them to be very helpful in my own leadership journey. I remember vividly a dear friend who prayed over me when I took on a significant leadership role. She knew I was feeling inadequate for the task but her insight gave me courage. “Selma, you already have the gifts and abilities needed for this role. It is not what you will become but who you already are that qualifies you to lead.”
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Knowing yourself will also help you lead others to understand more fully their gifts, abilities, and personalities as God uses you to guide others to reach their full potential.
Here are four different tools for your leadership toolbox to help you better understand yourself and the teams you lead.
4 Tools to Know Yourself Better
- Myers-Briggs Types Indicator®: “This personality inventory makes the theory of psychological types understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”
- This test will help you identify your personality type using 16 types helping you know your preferences when making decisions, dealing with the outside world and dealing with others.
- More information about Myers-Briggs
- Strengths Finder 2.0: “Based on a 40-year study of human strengths, Gallup created a language of the 34 most common talents and developed the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment to help people discover and describe these talents. In 2001, the initial version of this assessment was included with the bestselling management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The discussion quickly moved beyond the management audience of this book. The goal was to start a global conversation about what’s right with people. It appears that the world was ready to have this conversation.”
- How it will help: After you take the assessment, you’ll be given your top 5 strengths that you can reference in the Strengths Finder 2.0 book. Each chapter outlines detailed descriptions of the strength including how to tips and ways to work with others on your team.
- Learn more about Strengths Finder 2.0
- DISC Model: “The DISC Profile is a personality assessment that provides insights into natural and adaptable behavioral styles in relation to the workplace, leadership, management, sales and other situations and environments. Your DISC profile is a blend of four primary personality or behavioral characteristics and their relationship to each other.”
- How it will help: This assessment will help you learn your own behavioral strengths, challenges and differences. Often leaders will use this assessment as a tool to ensure that they are hiring the right people for the job.
- Access a free DISC personality test
- Ministry Insights Leading from Your Strengths Profiles: “empower Christian leaders, churches, and ministries to take this step – to discover your God-given strengths, to lead from your strengths, and be stronger for it individually and together.”
- How it will help: This questionnaire will provide a detailed report which outlines your strengths, communication do’s and don’ts, a list of what motivates you, as well as how you see yourself and ways others see you.
- Access the profile here
According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: Romans 12:6a.
Please share any tools you have found to be helpful in knowing yourself and knowing your team.