To get ahead in your business or career, whether you are trying to get a job, a promotion, or a new venture off the ground you need to know your strengths. If you can’t articulate them, you can’t expect your boss or potential employers, partners, or customers to either. Here’s a four-step process to identifying what makes you great:
- List your strengths. Include skills and knowledge you’ve acquired through experience and education as well as softer intrinsic strengths, such as insightfulness or empathy.
- Ask for input. Ask colleagues for honest feedback.
- Revisit past feedback. Reread old performance reviews or think back on coaching from previous bosses.
- Modify your list. Adjust your original list to reflect what you’ve learned. Make sure the strengths are specific so that they are credible and useful.