We all have them. Natural strengths and weaknesses are a part of our personality. We don’t all get to be good at everything; it just doesn’t work that way. When we start to examine strengths and weaknesses in personality types, it is important to look INWARD first.
First step, acknowledge that you have both. Then, begin to examine honestly how your personality strengths and weaknesses show up in your life.
How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
If you haven’t done the Wired That Way assessment recently, I encourage you to do that (again) now. If you don’t mind waiting two days for the printed booklet, order one from Amazon. You also have the option now purchase the assessment online for the same price, $4USD.
I love this assessment because it outlines the 20 most common strengths and the 20 most common weaknesses for each of the four personality colors. (Don’t be distracted that the assessment also uses the Greek-based names; just focus on the colors that you know.)
It is also important to note that I have never met anyone that scored a 20 out of 20 in any both categories for their primary personality color. Your unique “shade” of your color allows you to see your unique personality strengths and weaknesses. This is important because you likely struggle more with some traits than others…and you likely have certain strengths that are more advantageous than others.
Another simple strategy is just to make a list. Chances are good that things you identify will match up with the assessment lists anyhow. Think through the tasks that are involved with running your home and business. What are you really good at? How can you leverage your time and energy to do more of those things? What areas present a real struggle for you? How can you work to overcome or outsource those tasks?
Why does understanding strengths & weaknesses matter in business?
It is much more fun to focus on our strengths, isn’t it? Without even processing it in these terms, I bet most of you reading this have found ways in your life and business to do more things that you are naturally good it. (I certainly hope this is the case!) It feels good to do things we are good at! Continue to look for ways to play to your strengths.
Talking about our personal weaknesses is never as much fun. But it is SO important. This is true no matter what you do for a living, but I think this is even more important for those who are business owners or managers. So many of my friends and clients are solopreneurs. Because we started a business on our own, we carry this idea with us that we have to do everything ourselves.
News flash! You probably aren’t good at everything! Identifying your natural weaknesses is important. Once you know them, you have two choices on how to respond to the tasks you aren’t good at. You need to figure them out or hire them out. It really is that simple.
“You need to figure them out or hire them out. It really is that simple.”
How can you overcome the obstacles of the things you aren’t naturally good at? If you are going to figure them out maybe you need to take a class or work with a coach. If you are going to take the “hire them out” approach it may mean adding to your staff, delegating some current responsibilities, or hiring an expert for certain things.
I often use our lack of Blue as a personal business example. I am a Yellow Red and my husband is a Green Yellow. Literally zero Blue between us both. We don’t get to use that as an excuse to mess up things like payroll, invoices and taxes. In the beginning, we learned to do some of those things ourselves. Many of those things are now hired out to our CPA and bookkeeper.
Now it’s time for you take action. Take the assessment. Make the list. Have an honest conversation with yourself about what you’re good at and what you need to work on. And then make a plan!