By this point in your life, you probably know all about your flaws and shortcomings. But what are your strengths? What is a strength to begin with? And most importantly, why don’t you focus on them? In this post you’ll find valuable knowledge on strengths, where to spot them, how they are created and what they consist of. This post will also provide some great insights into how you can engage with your employees’ strengths and make your business thrive.

Strengths are tasks or actions you can do well. These include knowledge, proficiencies, skills, and talents. People use their traits and abilities to complete work, relate with others, and achieve goals.

Many organisations still waste time, money and resources by concentrating on fixing employees’ weaknesses. Think about it: employees get sent off to special training programs not to expand on their strengths, but to correct weaknesses. By focusing on damage control rather than development, the true potential of employees is neglected.

Of course, damage control is sometimes necessary; a clever but inarticulate employee would benefit greatly from a communication class. Still, damage control should not be the focal point of employee management.

Talents are patterns of thought and behaviour that make some things easier for you. You might, for example, be great at connecting with strangers. That’s a talent! Others don’t find socializing so easy. Either way, we can’t alter this predisposition. But what we can do is take a predisposition we like and develop it. Developing your strengths entails refining your talent with knowledge and skills.

Developing your strengths is a long-term process and being specific about the skills you have will help you identify exactly where your strengths lie.

Great managers are typically experts in their fields with a strong performance history and an interest in being in charge. But to lead effectively they need to develop another skill, one that is often overlooked: talent management. Research shows that developing people’s strengths leads to significant increases in performance, along with greater engagement, wellbeing and business results.