How Understanding Yourself Makes You A Better Leader

No matter who you are or what you lead, this is for certain: You’re not good at everything.


Although this insight probably isn’t news to you, as leaders, it’s particularly important to recognize what you’re good at and to use those skills and talents to be your best version of a leader.

A big part of leading comes down to the everyday conversations you have with your employees. There are typically 3 personal themes that run through these conversations that, not surprisingly, can impact their professional performance:

Where are you in life? These types of questions assess what’s happening in someone’s life: their health, finances, family, job, community, relationships.

Where are you right now? These types of questions assess how someone’s feeling at this moment in time: stressed, hungry, tired, content, excited.

Where do we stand with each other? These types of questions assess the current relationship between the two of you: tense, troubled, mistrustful, anxious, respectful, symbiotic.

But before you ask these questions of others, it’s imperative to look inward, to be introspective, and know these answers about yourself.


To be an effective leader, you need to first know yourself, recognizing your stressors, how you’re handling the stress, and how you’re feeling about the particular employee you’re speaking with. When you’re unaware of your strengths and how to use them, it can be difficult to effectively lead a team.

Millennial Guru helps CEOs and other business leaders by administering the CliftonStrengths assessment and then working with them to provide clarity and awareness about how to best use those strengths in the workplace. People follow leaders because of their actions, and when you use your strengths, you lead through action, which makes you a much more effective leader.

It’s also important to recognize that you don’t always have to do the things that aren’t your strength. Hire good people to do those things and then stay in your lane. When you focus on maximizing your skill set and letting others maximize theirs, you set your business up for success.

Find out more about how understanding your strengths—and capitalizing on them—can make you a better leader. Book a free consultation with Millennial Guru today to find out how we can help you become and efficient, effective leader.

Paige Cornetet