What are your strengths, not just as a leader but as a person, too?

Perhaps the most dreaded of all questions in a job interview is, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” After all, listing too many positives can sound like bragging, and who wants to admit they even have areas that need improvement? The thing is, even if you’re not currently looking for a career change, a periodic self-assessment can be a great tool for self-improvement, greater success, and yes – increased happiness.

The best way to accomplish this is to use pen and paper and to take some time for an honest evaluation of yourself as a leader, and as a person. Break your self-assessment down into three columns where you can list your skills based on experience and education, portability, and personal traits. Your hand-written assessment might look something like this:

Previous ExperiencePortable SkillsPersonal Traits
Marketing knowledgeCustomer focusSelf-starter
Communications skillsCommunicationsIndependent
Vendor managementWriting skillsFriendly
Press and industry relationsVery organizedWell-organized
Web channel marketingGood at coordinatingQuick learner
Product developmentTeam leaderGood judgment
Computer skillsProblem solvingGood attitude
Project managementCreative
Excellent follow-throughAnalytical
Good with budgets and numbersFlexible
Time managementGood sense of humor


Once you’ve developed your list, you can begin to rate each of your skills, looking for areas that need improvement that will make you a better leader – and a better person. Doing this will lead to a realistic evaluation of your skills and talents, which will surely lead to increased success – and happiness.