Talent vs. Strength
Talent – naturally recurring pattern of
thought, feeling, or behavior that can be
Strength – ability to provide consistent,
near-perfect performance in a given
Five Clues to Talent
To what kinds of
activities are you
What kinds of
activities to you
seem to pick up
In what activities did
know the steps to be
What sorts of activities
do you naturally do
What kinds of activities
give you energy and a
sense of passion?
Building Your Strengths
labels undercut and
A leader needs to know his strengths as a
carpenter knows his tools, or a physician
knows the instruments at her disposal. What
great leaders have in common is that each
truly knows his or her strengths – and can
call on the right strength at the right time.
This explains why there is no definitive list of
characteristics that describes all leaders.
- Dr. Donald O. Clifton
Three Types of People
Define it and move forward.
• A weakness is something that
gets in your way or in the way
• Is it a non-talent or a
Weakness vs. Non-talent
Dealing With Weakness
• Open communication/transparency
• Get the RIGHT training
• Leverage other talents
• Use support systems
• Form complementary partnerships
One Final Note About Strengths
• Affirm and Integrate!
– Learn to appreciate and value your own unique
set of talents, then turn them into strengths.
• Great leaders know what they do best and
capitalize on those qualities.