Some strengths in the Strengths Profile toolkit require little explanation of that they signify; ‘innovator’, ‘planner’ or ‘authenticity’.
Personalisation is a very outward-looking strength. It is the ability to really see people and understand what makes them tick. You can therefore see why this is a fantastic strength if it’s one of your realised ones, particularly for anyone managing people. To draw upon a team member’s talents and uniqueness, whilst supporting them to dial down the behaviours that exhaust, stress, or drain them is something that every manager should have in their management arsenal.
If you possess this as a strength, you’re likely to be a person who knows how to get the best out of people. A great way of demonstrating your talents might be to consider mentoring or coaching. You could connect people with different talents and strengths to form effective working partnerships, or to enhance the skills on a project or piece of work.
If seeing people’s uniqueness is not a particular area of strength for you, you could look to improve this by considering the team around you. What do they do well? When are they most energised or motivated? Is there a particular task or activity that you could delegate to them so that they can learn and develop?
In her book, Strengths Profile, Bateman discusses the strength of personalisation referencing Katharine Cook Briggs, the cocreator of the Myers Briggs model who developed a tool for understanding every individual’s uniqueness and differences. She also mentioned the creator of Paul Mitchell hair products, whose talent in understanding the individuality of his staff led to less than 100 turnover over a period of 37 years.
Are you someone who gets the needs of your team?