by Elizabeth Ruske | 2 comments
No, I am not talking about your net financial worth. I’m talking about you unabashedly knowing your strengths and leading from them.
If you were asked, “How or where do you add value?” What would you say? Would you be able to easily articulate all the ways in which you uniquely provide something that no one else provides? Or would you stop and think about if you add any value at all? Knowing your value is a critical component to growing your confidence. True Leaders know their value. They also know and leverage the value of those around them. In Tiara, we work with women so they confidently step into their leadership and own their power. One of the key ways they do that is by owning the things and unique attributes they bring to the table.
Recently, I was away for long weekend with several of my sisters. In one of the conversations we were having, at one point I said, “This is something I am really good at.” Then another thing came up and I said, “ Yep, I am really good at that, too!”. Now within a short period of time, my sisters heard me declare 2 things that I claimed to be very good at, and then the teasing commenced. You can imagine the verbal razzing I got at that point, “Oh, look at you, what are you perfect in everything? And, Wow, no humility in you, Beth.”
But this innocent exchange exemplifies a belief I have that many women do not know how to declare and own their own value and strengths.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I think women actually do know these things about themselves. But what they do not do is declare it – let alone own it!
On this weekend, it became a running joke with my sisters; to the point where one of my sisters started a list of “Beth’s Resume of Strengths”. Now I also happen to have a pretty good sense of humor so I thought this was hilarious. And by then end of the weekend, they were adding things to my list! But the fact that stood out for me was that here I was with 4 women who know me better than anyone else in the world, and who actually agreed with my assessment, but there was a palpable discomfort with someone declaring for themselves, or allowing someone the space to own their strengths.
It is important for each of us to do the internal work and know our strengths as a first step. The second step is to enact the courage to be that woman regardless of what others say or do. This is what we mean when we say lead from within, and true leadership. It is simply knowing who you are and being willing to show up that way!
Here are some questions to help you gain clarity of what your unique strengths are:
- What do my co-workers, family members, and friends count on me for?
- When do I feel like I am making a contribution?
- What am I doing when things seem to just happen easily– when it never feels like hard work?
- What seems to be unique about me or at least special?
- What has been my MO my entire life?
- What do I discount or take for granted about myself because I think it is just so easy or I think everyone does this – don’t they?
Each of us adds value each and every day. It’s one thing to know you add value, it’s an entirely different thing to OWN IT!
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