7 - Be an ironman at work: Work with your strengths

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There is no one perfect set of strengths, rather in a survey of leaders from around the world turned up that they possess a wide variety of talents. The one common bond they all demonstrated is that they know when to use the right strength at the right time. The StrengthsFinder™ assessment tool "helps people find their talents." Many leadership and behavioral surveys focus on deficiencies rather than championing one's natural talents. StrengthsFinder™ gives a "Top 5" ranked list of themes to provide you with an overview of how you might use these strengths professionally and personally. Are you a Woo, too? In this chapter, I will demonstrate how I have used my top five themes as an outreach librarian, along with professional service roles. Knowing your own strengths and the strengths of your colleagues can open influential dialogues, assist in strategic planning, and encourage staff appreciation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Machiavellian Librarian
Subtitle of host publicationWinning Allies, Combating Budget Cuts, and Influencing Stakeholders
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781843347552
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Influence
  • Leadership
  • Self-awareness
  • StrengthsFinder™
  • Team building


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