What Are You Bold About?

To leverage your strengths, you first have to get clearer about who you are. Take a look at these attributes and think about where you fall on each continuum.

  • Big-Picture Focused

  • Detail-Oriented

  • Deep Expertise

  • Broad Knowledge

  • Energizing

  • Steadying

  • Analytical

  • Intuitive

  • Risk Taker

  • Risk Spotter

  • Structured

  • Flexible

  • Challenging

  • Accepting

There are no right or wrong answers because there is value in each and every attribute. For instance, we need people who can energize a group around a new project, and we need people who exude steadiness and calm in a crisis. The key is to recognize your own qualities and their value, and to be bold in how you use them.

To help you do this, answer the following questions:

  • What is the value of this attribute – to my team, peers, and company?

  • What one example in the past three months demonstrates the value that I bring using this attribute?

  • How can I more boldly bring this attribute into my work (e.g., to advance a specific project or goal, or resolve an issue)

This week, choose one attribute to focus on. Then look for at least one opportunity to be bold in leveraging it.