Groups play a significant role in our everyday work life, and they're full of many intricate dynamics and situations. One of those complex features is, you.

You are such a vital component in the success and failure of your work group. Obviously, you'd like to be on the successful end of that last statement. But to do that, you must recognize your strengths and weaknesses in this area.

To help you figure this out, I've put together a list of 9 different ways you can add value to any group.

  • Generate Ideas
  • Ease Tensions in Group
  • Focus on the Details
  • Keep Team Focus on Task
  • Recognize Practicality of an Idea
  • Superior Knowledge of a Single Area
  • Drive Projects Progress Forward
  • Notice Risk of a Decision
  • Gather Data from Outside of the Group

Now, typically, the average person is strong in 3 different areas just mentioned. As great as you are, there will be areas where you struggle - and that's okay. Try to work with individuals that can pick up your weaknesses.

For example, you may be gifted at generating ideas, but struggle mightily at driving the project forward because you often get stuck in an idea loop. You're going to want to find someone that says, "Okay, we've got enough ideas. Let's make it happen." You two both add value to the group because you can create solutions and your partner can make it a reality.

Of course, this is great advice if you can create your group. If you're placed in a group, you can use this list to find weaknesses among your team. This will allow you to step up in these areas, and keep your team functioning.

Now when you notice this weakness, you should try to set up a system where you rotate roles. You never want to let your strengths be wasted. Additionally, when you're placed in a position where your weaknesses are at the forefront, don't hesitate to talk to someone who has it as a strength. They can offer some powerful insights and make the situation a little less daunting.

By taking the time to understand your strengths and weaknesses in a group setting, you've made yourself extremely valuable to any team you join.

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Article By: Tom Kieley

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