April 22, 2021 | 3 Comments “A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal”- Don Clifton. In the process of enhancing leadership skills for my upcoming DNP project, I read a book named “Strengths-Based Leadership” . This book taught me many lessons about being a good leader. One of the crucial take away from this book is “knowing my strengths.” My strengths were further explored on my leadership profile by the assessment I took at the end of the book. The results were not surprising to me as I think the five strengths that my profile shows is the clear and proper explanation of who I am as a leader. After reading the characteristics of each identified strength, I was like – “Yes, this is me.” My top five Clifton strengths themes were achiever, deliberative, discipline, learner, and futuristic. The three themes- achiever, discipline, and deliberative fall under the umbrella of executing. Also, the learner and futuristic falls under strategic thinking. My weakness is influencing and relationship building which is also the core characteristic of good leadership. Strengths are helpful to build trust, show compassion, provide stability, and create hope within the team members for my DNP project. To build an effective team, I may have to choose members who have my weaknesses as their strengths. Also, I have to know all my strengths in detail to apply the skills effectively in the team for positive outcomes. For my DNP project, I plan to use my strengths and improve my weakness to build a productive DNP project team. As an achiever, I should focus on achieving the goals not my myself but as a team for my DNP project. For my deliberative property, author recommends stopping, listening, and assessing before taking action. I need to very careful while selecting the team members. Also, the author urges the leaders with the discipline strength to create structure and keeps things organized. As a futuristic, I can share my vision of better future with the team members. References Rath, T. (2008). Strengths-based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. NY: Gallup Press.