It stands to reason that employees will be more motivated and engaged if their job role and work tasks are aligned with their own unique strengths, and this can only be positive for businesses. Many leaders fail to focus on and understand their team members’ strengths, and they are missing out.
Here’s how to understand your team’s strengths.
Ask searching questions
When you’re doing performance reviews, ask team members what they think their strengths are, what type of task or project they enjoy doing most, and what attributes they most receive praise for. This will help paint a picture of what their individual strengths might be and you’ll be able to use this information to improve performance and productivity.
Encourage people to acknowledge and appreciate others’ strengths
Whether it’s in team meetings or in a debriefing at the end of a project, encourage people to appreciate and acknowledge their team mates’ strengths. This will empower everyone and get the team working together like a well-oiled machine. Imagine a team where everyone knew who was the best fit for a particular project task.
Help people to see their potential
Sometimes, your team members genuinely won’t know what their strengths are. You can help them discover and develop their strengths by getting to know them and what makes them tick. Then just watch them flourish.
Try an assessment
A strengths assessment, or something like a DISC assessment can shine a light on people’s different and complementary strengths and personality attributes. This can encourage understanding and appreciation of the different skills and needs of each person in the team which can make teamwork much more effective.
Encourage team members to use their strengths
Once you have identified your team member’s individual strengths, you can let them lead the way on suitable projects, let them have some experience of working in another department, or give them some extra responsibility that plays to their strengths.
Understanding your team’s strengths can be very beneficial for the business. It’s like having access to insider knowledge that has the potential to improve engagement and motivation and drive higher performance and profitability. If you don’t already, make strengths the focus of everything you do as a leader, and see what a huge difference it can make to team success.
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