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Do you have any advice/resources someone could use to help them discover their biggest strengths?

The other day I was reading a book that discussed how critical it was to understand as a leader the strengths of your colleagues in order to allocate them on the right tasks to succeed and push the business forward. IN this regard, do you have any advice or resources that you can recommend?

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Vinay A L
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Vinay A L Entrepreneur
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Yes I do.
Lane Campbell
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Lane Campbell Advisor
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Early stage you should let people set their own timelines for getting things done and then they can fall on their own sword by not finishing things within the deadline they set.
Iqbal Naiyer
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Iqbal Naiyer Entrepreneur
Test Leadership Opportunity??!!
Well, being a leader, you need to trust your colleagues, as we all know every resource at all level have something to offer, it's up-to the leader to decide what's best for company/project, When you allocate a resources or delegate some of your work in either case you want to make sure both you and resource making the right decision. so, set up a touch-base meeting twice a week to make sure everything going as planned and if there are some hiccups need to take care of, then take care of that.

Joey Carson
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Hi Benjamin,
Great question. I would say before knowing the answer to that, it would be important to know yourself as good as you possibly can. In addition to reading many good books, you can also take personal evaluations which I have found to be very helpful and insightful and, by way of doing so, may give you additional insight into your team members. If you haven't taken any of these tests, I would highly recommend a few of these (some are given by different providers and some you can even do for free over the Internet):

DISC Personality Assessment
http://www.thediscpersonalitytest.com/

Myers Briggs Type Indicator
http://www.myersbriggs.org/

Via Character Strengths
http://www.viacharacter.org/www

A few books:
"The Four Agreements" Don Miguel Ruiz
"The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" John Maxwell
"Man's Search for Meaning" Viktor Frankl
"Start with Why" Simon Sinek
Any book by Wayne Dyer ;-)

Good Luck!
Carol Mann
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Carol Mann Entrepreneur
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The Meyers Briggs is an excellent tool for this purpose. There are many Psychologidts that can interpret test results. Please let me know how I can be of service to you. Carol
Jerome Peloquin
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While it is always good to know your partners and associates (use the Myers/Briggs personality profitle) it is YOU that is the most important cog in that wheel. Right from the beginning establish realistic expectations. Don't promise outcomes you can't control. Practice full integrity, make clear, time bound task assignments and hold people (...including yourself) accountable. Just because there is no paycheck does not mean that one can ignore assignmments. They are,"all in..." or, they are not ... make that clear in front. jj Jerome Peloquin President The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc. 717 Lawrence Street, NE Washington, DC, 20017 cell: (410) 227-0498 (Skype) fishfarms1 LinkedIn Profile email: [removed to protect privacy] website: www.thefamilyfishfarmsnetwork.com We grow healthy local food ... save fresh clean water ... create decent paying jobs.
Angelos Karageorgiou
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Hello Benjamin, This is a hard, really hard question with no easy answer and I can only talk about IT teams. I was going to go on rant about creating controlled imbalances and artificial shortages and such to test the team's mettle but streuth there is only one single way to proper leadership: Engage with your people, live with them. bring down the barriers. Once people feel that they are safe and appreciated their true potential will show, not much more than that. Oh, and of course work WITH them not lord over them, take a couple of hits for them, throw a couple of punches at them. All of that may be difficult at times but highly rewarding. At times you will fail or even will lose some who at first appear great but are no more than paper divas. The trully great ones will percolate through. Now if your operation is large enough to have multiple teams , do as above with the team leaders and for f.ck's sake do not ask for performance reports. You should know the performance before they can tell you anything. Regards .A. ???? 2016-10-05 09:14, Benjamin Bertelsen ??????:
Bill Adams
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Bill Adams Entrepreneur
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First you must possess the battle skills from fighting the many battles to effectively delegate the projects to the right folks that can effectively rise to the challeneges that will be incurred by the tasks involved.
Aram Perez
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I would recommend the book "Strengths Finder"(https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/159562015X/).
Rob Longley
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Rob Longley Entrepreneur
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I'm going to echo some of the advice already given. The DISC profile is probably the most popular today mainly because of it's simplicity. I was certified as a Myers Briggs instructor years ago and it doesn't get used as much because I think it is somewhat more complicated than the DISC. One of the strenghs of the Myers Briggs is it does a good job of showing your interaction with others. Strengthfinder 2.0 is also an excellent choice - and you can do it yourself. I've also seen some organizations using the Enneagram which I find very enlightening, but a little complicated to explain.
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