Strengths are nothing new to us, the expression “Play to your strengths” has been around for a long time. What is new is the evidence for how important strengths can be. Researchers looking into what happens when people use their strengths found that when people used their strengths;
- they were happier
- had less stress
- were more likely to achieve their goals
- we more engaged at work
- performed better at work
There are several ways you can have you strengths assessed. I use the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology’s R2 assessment. This assessment has been well constructed (with a publicly available technical manual) and easy to understand.