By now, you have completed a self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses (see Personal Impact - Self-Assessment, if you have not done so yet) and have received feedback from others about their perceptions of your strengths and weaknesses (360 Survey).
It is important to get outside feedback to see if you are accurate in your self-assessment. If there is a significant discrepancy between what you consider your strengths and weaknesses and how others perceive them, then you need to consider whether you are too self-critical or, perhaps, overconfident. On the other hand, such a discrepancy between your self-assessment and the feedback can also result from the fact that you do not sufficiently highlight your strengths or over-emphasize your weaknesses when interacting with others.
Review the feedback from the survey and answer the following questions:
- What were the strengths that others consistently saw in you?
- Do these match the strengths you saw in yourself?
- Are these the strengths you want to be known for? Why or why not?
- What other strengths do you have that others did not notice? How can you highlight those strengths in your interaction with others?
- Based on the answers to the previous questions, your self-assessment, and the feedback you received from the survey, list the top five strengths that you want others to see in you.
- Were there weaknesses others consistently saw in you? If so, what were they?
- Do you need to improve in these weak areas in order to reach your career goals? (If someone said you have terrible handwriting, it may not hold you back if you can leverage a computer for written communications. If they said your analytic skills are poor and you want to be an accountant, you might need to work on that area.)
- Based on your answers to the previous questions and your self-assessment, list the weaknesses that you need to work on.
- Write a plan of action for improvement for each weakness you identified in the previous question
Remember, you should repeat the survey periodically to assess your progress in emphasizing your strengths and improving your weaknesses.