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Determining Your Natural Talents and Strengths



Effective leaders in team-based organizations own their talents and strengths:

  1. They have a high level of self-esteem but are not narcissistic. They can tell you what they have to offer without bragging.
  2. They are excited to be working with team members who also have great talents and strengths
  3. They recognize their relative weaknesses but do not try to be all things to all people
  4. They are neither intimidated nor defensive about working with others who know more than they do in certain areas
  5. They have discovered their own talents and encourage their teammates to do the same.
  6. They use training and development opportunities to become competent in areas where they are naturally strong – not expecting to be great in all skill areas

How do you know your natural strengths?

  • Pay attention to your immediate top-of-the-mind, spontaneous reactions to situations.
    • Is your first instinct to figure out how to accommodate people’s needs; cooperation
    • Is it to refer to past precedents to cover the current situation; conservative
    • Do you immediately think, ‘what will my boss think?’; authority
  • Think about what you have yearned for since your early life.
    • As a kid did you want things neat and orderly; structure
  • Become aware of the things you seem to learn easily
    • Rapid learnings offer another clue to what your talents really are.
  • Recognize the things that are really satisfying for you.
    • If it feels good to see a team member excel; developing others.
    • Do you like to break down complex situations and identify specific details; tactical

 Thoughts and exercises from Gregory Huszezo’s Tools for Team Leadership: Delivering the X-Factor in Team Excellence.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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