Using Your Strengths to Achieve Your Goals
Blog Writer: Katy Hinz, Program Coordinator, Office for Student Engagement
November SDO: Goal Orientation
Goal setting comes more naturally to some people than it does for others. For example, if you have Strengths in the Executing Leadership Domain, chances are that setting goals is second nature to you. Not sure what Leadership Domains your Strength fall into? Take a look at this chart to find out!
Goal setting is an important skill to learn as it will help you reach your professional aspirations. Here are tips for goal setting based on your dominant Leadership Domains:
Executing: How these Strengths will help you: Having Strengths in the Executing domain will enable you to take steps to achieve your goals and the goals of any team you are a part of. Make detailed plans and timelines for your goals and set up reminders on your calendar, you will likely enjoy being reminded because you like to get things done! Watch out for: Sometimes with these Strengths you may become too focused on a goal and are unwilling to adapt or change your goal even if your original goal isn’t serving you. Talk to a friend or mentor with Strategic Thinking Strengths, they may help you define your goals in the context of the larger picture and ask you some good questions to bring your most important goals into focus.
Influencing: How these Strengths will help you: Having Strengths in the Influencing domain will help you to articulate your goals and your team’s goals clearly, as well as give you the confidence to know you can achieve them. Use these Strengths to help you navigate what resources you need to be successful, as well as how you can get other people on board with your goals. Watch out for: When you are creating goals for a team make sure that you are getting other people’s input. Partner with someone with Relationship Building Strengths to ensure you aren’t burning any bridges with others when it comes to the goal setting process for a team.
Relationship Building: How these Strengths will help you: Having Strengths in the Relationship domain will help you to create goals that will have a positive impact on the lives of others. When it comes to setting goals for a team, you will help to ensure that the goals are meeting the overall needs of the team, while satisfying the individuals on the team. Your Strengths may also help to keep the team motivated to make the goals a reality. Watch out for: Be aware that it may be easy for you to let the goals of others trump your own goals. Remember that your personal goals are important and should not be ignored. Talking to someone with Strategic Thinking Strengths may be helpful to you when you are feeling conflicted between your goals and the goals of others as they may be able to help you find a creative way to satisfy both sets of goals.
Strategic Thinking: How these Strengths will help you: Having Strengths in the Strategic Thinking domain will help you to create goals with the big picture in mind. You naturally like to think about the possibilities in life so you probably have a lot of ideas about your future. Use your ability to envision tomorrow to keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Watch out for: Although it may be easy for you to think of what your goals are, and even what some of the steps are to get there, you may find it difficult to follow through to make these goals happen. Consider partnering with someone with Executing Strengths to help to make sure you are taking both the small and big steps needed to achieve your goals.