This part of the site is all about strengths – what they are, how you can use them and how powerful they can be.
What are strengths?
People have different strengths. Some of us are highly logical, careful thinkers, others are more creative and energetic; one person might thrive in a crowd where another gets more done left to their to own devices.
Strengths aren’t simply the things you know how to do, or even the things you’re especially skilled at; they’re the positive personality traits that, when you’re putting them to use, make you feel energised, happy and effective. They’re the things that get you going – and help you get things done.
Why we believe in working to our strengths
Working at Ernst & Young is all about working for our clients – and the better and more effective the work we do for them is, the more successful we all are. We learn and grow faster, we help our clients achieve their potential and we all achieve ours.
But doing better work isn’t just about working harder and smarter; it’s about all of us doing things that we’re interested in and truly stimulated by. This is where strengths come in.
The idea that we all have strengths, and that by working to them we thrive, comes from a field of psychology called Positive Psychology. Its practitioners have established that by tapping into the positive traits that we all have - compassion, creativity, resilience, self-awareness and curiosity, for example – we become more engaged, more productive, and crucially, happier.
It’s obvious then why a business like ours, whose success depends so much on doing exceptional work for our clients would want its people to work to their strengths. This is why working out what people’s strengths are is at the heart of our recruitment process. And why, as our people grow and progress, we help them nurture their existing strengths and develop new ones.
People who work to their strengths
People who’ve achieved amazing things – in politics, entertainment, sports and the arts – often have their strengths to thank. It’s interesting to think about remarkable people in terms of the strengths that have helped them achieve so much.
But of course, it’s not just famous people whose strengths help them do interesting, remarkable things. Working to our strengths is the key to fulfillment and success for many different people in many different walks of life.
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