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Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses. What Works For YOU?

weak link Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses. What Works For YOU?Identifying your strengths and weaknesses will help you learn about yourself. Evaluating these skills is a step in the right direction. The more knowledge you have of your capabilities, the better you are to make decisions about your future.

Strengths

Examining your hobbies is a good way to determine your strengths. If you lead a busy life but still find time to cultivate a hobby, then there is something about that hobby that interests you. When you’re interested in a hobby, you tend to be motivated in developing your skills. Take a look at your hobbies. What kind of skills do you use for that hobby? Does your hobby require you to use your hands? Does your hobby require you to calculate math problems? Finding the skills that are needed in your hobby helps you understand your strengths.

Also examine subjects that interest you. Ask yourself why you are interested in particular subjects. Do you love to read about modern art? Do you enjoy watching historical movies? Do you like to play sports? Determine what aspects of these subjects keep you interested. When you identify your interests, you will begin to gather information about your likes and dislikes.

Weaknesses

Identifying your weaknesses is another way for you to identify your strengths and skills. First find out what you’re not good at. Be honest with yourself here. Are you horrible at math? Do you hate to read? Ask yourself these types of questions.

There are two types of weaknesses: weaknesses that should be improved and weaknesses that are dislikes.

After you identify your weaknesses, figure out if they are skills that you need to improve. Just because you are not good at something doesn’t mean you’ll never have to learn those skills. If those skills are needed for the path you want to follow, then by all means spend some time improving those skills.

You will find that some weaknesses are just dislikes. Maybe you’re not good at working in an office environment. This is not necessarily a weakness that needs to be improved. This shows a lack of interest in being cooped up working in an office all day. Don’t force yourself into situations that you don’t like. You may be the type of person that needs to work in the outdoors or in non-office environments such as hospitals or warehouses.

Finding your strengths will help you make decisions about your direction in life. Finding your weaknesses will help you improve your skills but will also help you find your dislikes. You will be much more equipped to make decisions when you have identified these aspects about yourself.

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Characteristics of Business School Superstars

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If you want to succeed in business school duplicate the characteristics of Business School Superstars. Post this list of characteristics where you can see them throughout your business coursework: commitment, self awareness, independence, people skills, literacy, quantitative and technology skills.

Students who apply the following characteristics are well on their way to becoming a Business School Superstar:

Commitment: Establish clear reachable goals, write, revise and check your goals off as they are accomplished. Look at your goals daily. Be passionate and persistent in completing your goals. Acknowledge and appreciate your strong work ethic.

Self Awareness: Realize your strengths and weaknesses, your style of learning; auditory, visual, or tactile. Once you’ve identified your learning style, determine effective study habits to accommodate your learning style. Identify what skills you need to improve on and what skills you are willing to teach others. Tutoring other students builds confidence and effective communication skills.

Independence: Self motivation, determination and your positive attitude will propel you through course work. Participate in class discussions and ask questions. Confidence grows with every success you experience. Seek out all support services available to you on campus and online. Use the services that benefit you as often as needed.

Strong People Skills: Work well with others in small and large groups. Focus on your listening skills. Share your thoughts clearly; rephrase what you believe you heard to confirm your understanding. Know when to empathize, re-direct or diffuse confrontations. Accept change that will benefit an objective. Moreover demonstrate appreciation and speak highly of others often. A willingness to participate on team projects facilitating discussions and activities is a highly desirable characteristic in business.

Literacy: Reading, writing and presentation skills are essential. Read proficiently, articulate thoughts effectively, employ memory techniques, highlight key concepts and ask questions. Writing effectively builds credibility. Identify your audience prior to writing. Choose words with clear meaning. Correct punctuation and spelling are a must. Presentation skills are acquired by actually presenting! Practice in front of a mirror, friends or on a mountain top. Volunteer to read in class or recite as much as possible. Drink water not coffee on the day of your presentation. An effective communicator is held in high esteem by others.

Quantitative: Hone your skills and build your confidence in algebra and statistics. Seek assistance from available support services.

Technology: MS Office Suite, wireless technology and project management software will be used on a regular basis. Take advantage of the benefits of using all available technology available to you to produce your assignments and complete projects. Stay abreast of the new technology in your area of expertise and study. You don’t need to be the expert, locate an expert and ask for help.

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The Best Leadership Styles

krzyzewsky main The Best Leadership StylesThe best leadership styles are the ones that are effective and successful at producing results. Leaders are expected to compose strategies and motivate others in accordance with the mission of the organization and the vision of the leader. There are several of the best leadership styles, and each one has advantages and drawbacks.

One of the best leadership styles is the "coach". The coach identifies the strengths and weaknesses of others and helps them to understand this. The coach encourages goal development as well as a plan to accomplish the goal. A coaching leader gives much guidance and feedback along the way. The coaching method is actually at the top of the best leadership styles, but a leader needs to take the time to instruct others. If others are resistant to change, however, the coaching style will not work.

Another of the best leadership styles is the "democrat". The democratic leadership style is one that fosters trust and respect. This type of leader allows others to have a say in the decisions that are made. This leader listens a lot to others, making them feel heard, valued, and appreciated. If a leader is indecisive, this democratic style is helpful as it permits and welcomes ideas and direction from others. The negative aspect of this leadership style is when decisions are delayed as others keep expressing more ideas and no agreement can be made. This style works best when the others are knowledgeable and intelligent enough to offer helpful input.

Another of the best leadership styles is the "affiliate". This style focuses on others, placing importance more on emotions rather than goals or tasks. Others feel free to be flexible and perform in the best manner he or she sees fit. This leadership style fosters happiness and contentment as well as communication and trust. The drawback to the affiliate leadership style is that errors can be ignored, which obviously creates problems if things are not corrected. The affiliate style works best when combined with a leadership style of more authority.

The last of the best leadership styles is the "authority" figure. The leader sends a clear message that each person fits into the vision of the organization. Feedback, both positive and negative, is given to ensure that vision is carried out. However, a leader should keep in mind that being authoritative without being overbearing offers the best results. The others will not do well if they believe the leader is inconsiderate or conceited. The authoritative style goes great when combined with the affiliate style. Both styles compliment each other very well to bring about a balance to the leadership.

Now that you are aware of the best leadership styles, choose the one(s) that will mesh well with your particular organization as well as your personality

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