THarvard Business Reviewhe most effective leaders identify their strengths and then decide which ones to develop further. To do that, you need to have a clear view of yourself. If your company doesn’t offer a formal 360-review process, you can conduct your own informal one by asking your colleagues the following questions:

  • What are my strengths? Have them start by thinking in broad buckets such as character, getting results, or leading change. Then have them identify specific traits.
  • What are my fatal flaws? Ask them to identify which traits could cause you to fail in your current position.
  • Which of my strengths is most important for the company? Inquire as to which of your abilities— if it was truly outstanding— would have the biggest impact on your company.
  • What works best for you? Ask each person which strengths they value most.

Reprinted from Harvard Business Review – Management Tip of the Day (July 20, 2012)

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