How Do You Create a List of Personal Strengths and Weaknesses?

To create a list of your strengths and weaknesses, accurately target and specifically define what makes you act, communicate and relate to situations and people the way you do. Be objective when describing yourself, and explain your work ethic, organizational and problem-solving skills.

Define how you communicate best, whether your strongest skills are evident in reports, correspondence or speaking before a group of people. How you sell ideas, participate in meetings, negotiate or manage confrontations and conflicts shows how strong your communication skills are.

Your organizational skills and work ethic strengths are evident in the way you manage your time and projects and in the quality of the results you achieve. Gauge your flexibility and ability to multitask by scrutinizing how you meet multiple deadlines or whether you prefer to focus on one task at a time. Determine your decision-making strengths by how much time you take and how firmly you commit to the actions you choose.

To confirm your strengths and weakness, you may ask a close family members, a trusted friend or colleague what she thinks about your strengths and weaknesses. Previous experiences and job performance reviews are also helpful in analyzing your traits. Also helpful is a scientific strengths assessment test in which you answer a series of questions and get a report that summarizes your top strengths and areas of weakness.