Our strengths are the traits we should capitalize on in our practice. New interest in focusing on worker’s strengths as opposed to weaknesses promotes even further skill development in the workplace. It is truly a positive advancement. I believe this can also increase confidence as focusing on improving upon the things we already excel in is more affirming than focusing on what does not come naturally to us. I have completed the StrengthsFinder Assessment twice while in occupational therapy school. The first time my results were as follows:
The second time I took the assessment, my results were:
There could be any number of reasons as to why my list changed slightly from one semester to another, but the two strengths that remained the same were: Discipline and Connectedness.
When considering the two consistent strengths I possess and how they relate to me as a leader, the first thing I note is that one of the strengths is focused on relationship-building, and the other, on executing plans. Having a mix of traits like this could help me to be a more balanced leader. While maintaining relationships is very important to me, prioritizing tasks and then ensuring their completion is important to me, as well. I am very disciplined especially as it relates to planning, and I believe this could be very beneficial in the workplace. It would be a generalization to say this (but I will say it anyway)–many occupational therapists tend to be very relationship-oriented, so having primarily relationship-building strengths will be in my favor as a leader. Using connectedness, I can help my fellow employees to see how their combined efforts contribute to the big picture. The use of empathy can help me to be sensitive to the feelings of others while getting our tasks accomplished.