Bethel University provides students with a self-assessment survey. (Bethel University, 2014). The comprehensive manner in which the survey is designed provides students the opportunity to explore their strong and weak skills. This survey is advantageous for students who desire to improve on their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Honesty and integrity are required when responding to the survey, otherwise, self-improvement diminishes. Completing the survey enabled me to discover my weaknesses and strengths. Observing my results caused feelings of competency to inadequacy. However, these feelings soon subsided, and I began to realize the potential for self-improvement. Clearly now I see my strong skills and the dearth of skills in my
In the self-assessment, I found out a lot more about myself. I realized things that I never knew I was great in, and I also realized the things that I can improve on as well. This self-assessment made me step back, and really take a look at myself. I now know my strengths and weaknesses in school and in life.
Based on the Clifton Strengths Assessment my top five strengths are strategic, deliberative, learner, maximize and individualization. As an individual, I rarely look into my weakness. I believe that when your too focused on your weakness, you forget about your strengths. Everything the book said is true, and we need to take the time to look at our strengths and make it perfect. It is true that in this world or the school system, we are taught to look at our weakness and correct it so that we can become stronger in our life. This book brings out the truth that I longed to hear for a long time. Invariably, I hear my professor tell their students that for them success in life, they must practice and look at our weakness. This book proves it wrong because for us to become successful, we must stay to our strengths’ path.
While this tool outlines by strengths, they also pointed out the areas that need to work on. For example, being guarded, needing to be more analytical, committed and organized. I believed that people think that I am guarded because I am cautious in what I do. I just don’t go out and do it without consulting with others. I don’t see this as a weakness. I am not sure why one person puts that I am not Analytical. In my line of work, you have to use logical, be systematic and be investigative. This is what I do for a living. Maybe, that person thinks I need to have more of this quality
Discovering ones strengths is an important process that every young adult should strive to achieve, that is why I was excited to take the Gallup Strengthfinder Assessment. This test aims to highlight each individual’s unique assets, which is possible by completing a short evaluation. Then the poll produces the top five signature themes out of thirty-four possible options. Like many, I was very eager to learn something new about myself. This came as no surprise once I received my test results which are closely related to knowledge.
My Achiever strength helps me build trust with others. This is helpful with managing because they see my hard work ethic and dedication to get the job done. I have been told that I am the “rock” of my department. The dedication I possess to consistently improve our cancer center by setting goals to increase our patients’ care is respected and relied on to keep our standards high. I am enthusiastic and my energy is contagious to motivate others to get on board.
The first category is self-awareness. It is made up of three competencies; they are emotional self-awareness, accurate self-assessment, and self-confidence. These sub-categories allow you to be critically self-reflective, which helps in improving yourself. In this categories I only got a six out of ten which leads me to believe that my emotions play a part in my work and personal life, and that I need to work on recognizing how to read and understand my emotions. It also shows I may be unrealistic about my personal evaluation of my strengths and weaknesses. And lastly, that I may not recognize my own positive self-worth. I think my strength in this category is my self-confidence. As I may not always allot for it, I do know I have self-worth. I am confident in my work abilities and that shows, it also shows that I am less confident in my personal life. My weakness in
This week’s assignment started by directing us to complete a self-assessment, which I felt was a well laid out chart with established skills and a level in which to rate yourself from 1 being poor up to 5 being good. I think it was a good exercise, giving us a better insight to our strengths and weaknesses. I do in fact think that I learned something new about myself and could more easily answer the question of “tell me your strengths and weaknesses”, which is often asked at interviews or promotion boards.
4. What did you learn about yourself from the Assessment? (What were your major strengths and weaknesses? How do you react to these results? How can you build on strengths and minimize or eliminate weaknesses?)
The description of the four types of personal orientation to others, named as competitors, individualists, cooperators, and equalizers is another way to understand our unique preferences and how we respond to others (Greenberg, 2013). This exercise indicated an individualist disposition with cooperators coming in second. Since the overall concern or motivation for an individualist is the outcomes related to self, the question now is regarding job motivation. How does this relate to the current job choice since this exercise ended in a self-revelation unbeknownst to me? Regardless of ones personal orientation, effective communication has key elements, which
I usually have a sense of who I am and my strengths, but I can never seem to express it in words. So this evaluation of my strengths really helped to do that for me. My top five themes are strategic, context, discipline, consistency and futuristic. And it says that those who are strategic can spot patterns in any given situation and create solutions. I agree on parts of this because I like thinking about cause and effect, but I don’t think about the multiple solutions and then pick the best. For context, it is those who think about the past and use that to connect it with the present. I do this every day. I’m always thinking so that is probably why I do like talking about the past with other individuals. And yes, problematic issues, like wars, do interest me. For discipline, it is those who like structure and routine. I can’t believe how accurate the discipline trait is for me. The whole passage described me so well, and when going over it in the book, I am just blown away by its accuracy. I’ve always believed in equality and wouldn’t want to give someone an advantage over another. I love it when things go smoothly and easy for myself and others. I am an orderly person so the 1, 2, 3, step methods are easy for me to follow and preferable. For consistency, it is those who try to treat others equally and live the world by being consistent on their beliefs. This passage also described me so very well. The first part of it was quite similar to
I’ve taken strength-based surveys before and I am always fascinated with what they allow me to learn about myself. Rarely have I’ve taken a strength-based where I didn’t learn something new about myself. There was a point in my life where I had wished I paid more attention to what the information told me; if I had paid attention my school career would’ve gone a completely different route. I eventuality got to the point where I feel like I was on the right path, there was just added bumps in the road that I learned from. This was the first time where I’ve taken a strength-based survey that listed my strengths out the way it does. It was interesting to read each character strength and see how it really relates in my life.
According to StrengthsQuest the strength of being deliberative hints at a person who approaches life in a rather serious and cautious manner.2 While others live life impulsively and recklessly, someone who is deliberate will, “…identify the dangers, weigh their relative impact, and then place your feet deliberately.”2 Next, someone who is analytical wants to identify a sound, logical, and careful theory before creating an plan. 2 Those with the characteristic of futuristic are dreamers and often, “…conjure up visions of the future and they energize you.” 2 Relators, per StrengthsQuest, may be hesitant to meet new people or create new relationships, but once a relator has made a connection, they encourage the connection to expand. 2 Lastly, an individual with the strength of competition is automatically aware of the performance of those around them.2 StrengthsQuest defines competition as, “If you can compare, you can compete, and if you can compete, you can win.”
This assessment shows its strength by the fact that I feel as though it matches with my life. Through this, I have gain insight to the fact that I could be helpful but almost to the degree in which I could be harmful to me. While reading the description, I was proud at some parts and discourage at others. However, I do have the understanding that every personality-type as a flaw. This assessment was useful in terms of gaining insight to my motivation, strengths and weakness of my personality. This can be a useful tool to use with clients.