Those who understand their strengths and know how to make the most of them often report higher self-esteem and well-being, as well as greater performance and goal achievement.*
There are a variety of strengths assessment tools available. I use the Strengths Profile from Capp with my coaching clients because its model, which assesses performance, energy and use, provides a more nuanced view of strengths, as outlined in the graphic below. A more granular understanding of our strengths can help us to home in on what we should aim to leverage, and what we may want to avoid, when working to achieve our goals.
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Linley, P. A., Nielsen, K. M., Gillett, R., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2010). Using signature strengths in pursuit of goals: Effects on goal progress, need satisfaction, and well-being, and implications for coaching psychologists. International Coaching Psychology Review, 5(1), 6-15.
Proctor, C., Maltby, J., & Linley, P. A. (2011). Strengths use as a predictor of well-being and health-related quality of life. Journal of Happiness Studies, 12(1), 153-169.