Independent of where you work or live, every individual can benefit from self-awareness and understanding how they interact with others. Here at Bilue we’ve been discussing the topic of strengths and how people’s strengths relate to each other within a team environment.
Being aware of others means more than simply being polite and respectful around an office. Awareness is about spending the time to understand the individuals around you, their motivations, their desires and their strengths. Knowing this will inform the way you communicate and express ideas, opinions and thoughts amongst your team. In this way being aware can mean the difference between an open-minded, successful team with the freedom to explore ideas and a scared, narrow-minded team unable to break down the communication barrier.
It’s important that awareness focuses on strengths and abilities of peers, instead of on weaknesses. Finding ways that your strengths can integrate with the strengths of others will form stronger team relationships and team members will feel more valued within a team culture. Learning new skills from those around you will start to come naturally, and others will start to learn new skills from you.
Imagine a chef that knows how to cook divine gourmet meals and yet struggles to make enjoyable desserts. The chef decides to ask his assistant, who is known for cooking amazing desserts but makes awful meals. Both the chef and his assistant stand to learn something valuable from each other.
This concept can be applied throughout your daily approach to interacting with others. Consider treating interactions as an exchange of information, a seemingly unspoken two-way transmission as opposed to a one-way delegation. Instead of projecting your own perspective on others, take the opportunity to understand the perspective of your peers and let that inform and shape your own personal knowledge.
I believe every individual should be mindful of the people they’re collaborating with on a daily basis, and the ways they can build stronger relationships, challenging others to be better and being challenged to improve themselves. No matter how you do it, you’ll grow as a person and form more effective bonds with people around you.