Self-Assessment of Leadership PracticesFor this paper, I used the analysis provided by the CliftonStrengths exercise to better understandmy own leadership strengths, weaknesses, and strategies for improvement. These strategies arebased upon the Leadership Theory that I most identify with and the SMART goals at the end of this paper help me to achieve improvement most in line with these practices.CliftonStrengths AnalysisThe results of the CliftonStrengths exercise were very reaffirming to me, especially the Communication, Relator and Positivity strengths. Communication: CliftonStrengths describes this as strength in description, public speaking and enlivening ideas with images and metaphors. Leaders need to be able to convey information in a clear and memorable way. I have always enjoyed writing and have been told that I often have “the right words” when others don’t. I am not afraid to stand in front of a crowd and enjoy a spirited debate.Positivity: CliftonStrengths describes this as always looking for the positive in a situation and one who is lighthearted, generous with praise and quick to smile. In my current role as a manager, I find that I’ve most enjoyed my 1x1 meetings with my team members. Encouraging them, helping them to think through personal struggles and problem-solve through work issues is very rewarding to me. Employees that enter those conversations with frustration or negativityin their voice nearly always walk away sounding more uplifted and ready to tackle the tasks at hand. Relator: CliftonStrengths describes this strength as the welcoming of connection with others and understanding them. This is a leadership strength because it inherently comes with a drive to understand others goals, fears and dreams. This desire can help with helping employees overcome challenges and find motivation. I have always found that emotional intelligence was astrength of mine, so the description of the Relator strength rang true to me. In other activities such as my volunteer time as a Girl Scout leader, Ideation and Futuristic thinking come up frequently as I develop learning programs and encourage the girls to think bigger. Ideation: CliftonStrengths describes this strength as a fascination with ideas, with connections and perspectives. This is a leadership strength because seeing new perspectives but more importantly, inspiring employees to can directly impact the success and survival of a company. I am an entrepreneur and thrive in an environment of new ideas and fresh beginnings. 2
Futuristic Thinking: CliftonStrengths describes this strength as someone fascinated by the future. This is a leadership strength because, like ideation, the ability to see what couldbe can provide direction and inspiration. My ideas are often too big or not possible with today’s technology but thinking about (and getting others excited about) what could be possible is energizing.