Find your own strengths

"Leaders of collaborative teams are in the enviable position of being able to draw on the greatest talents of each member.  All it requires is that the leader(s) can recognize and exploit those strengths for the benefit of the team and its research project. Some leaders have a talent for identifying the strengths of others quickly.  Other leaders may take longer and can use multiple ways to identify an individual’s strengths and how they contribute best to a team. Perhaps the simplest and most straightforward method is to ask everyone to share what they think their own strengths are.  Another approach is to take advantage of the StrengthsFinder book (Rath 2007) or other assessments available online.  The results of these can be discussed in the group setting enabling individuals to share what resonates or not about their individual assessment results as well as allowing feedback and observations from team members.  When people are contributing their greatest strengths to a project, they are typically energized by the process. When people are asked to contribute in ways that drain and tire them, it can be difficult to sustain motivation for the effort.”

This section quoted from page 30 of Bennett, L. M., Gadlin, H., Marchand, C. (2018). Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide. 2nd edn., National Institutes of Health Publication No. 18-7660, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, United States of America.


Supplementary reading:

Cohen, C. M., and Cohen, S. L. (2018)  Lab Dynamics:  Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists. Cold Spring Harbor, NY:  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.