You are probably already familiar with the business practice of conducting a SWOT analysis, but you are encouraged to conduct independent research on this term, as necessary. Complete an abbreviated version of a SWOT analysis on your own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Use the criteria below as a guideline for your analysis. You will use your SWOT analysis results to complete this assessment.
Briefly identify and describe your top five strengths. When you think about your areas of strength, be sure to consider:
Advantages (skills, education, experience) you have that others do not.
The achievements you are most proud of.
Things you do better than anyone else.
Special connections you may have.
Resources that are available to you.
Be sure to consider how others see you as well as how you see yourself.
Briefly identify and describe three areas of weakness. Some things to consider might be:
Tasks you avoid doing because you do not feel confident doing them.
Negative work habits, such as often being late, disorganized, or easily stressed.
Your level of confidence in your skills, education, or experience.
Personality traits that might hold you back. For example, do you have a fear of public speaking, yet work where you are expected to conduct regular meetings?
Just as with your strengths, be sure to consider how others see you.
Briefly identify and describe at least two opportunities for growth. It may help you to think about:
Do you have a network of influential contacts?
Is there a need in your company or industry that no one has been able to fill?
Are there trends in your company that you could use to your advantage?
Can you offer solutions to problems within your company?
Briefly identify and describe at least two threats you are facing. These may be in the form of:
Obstacles you are facing at work.
Competition for positions or projects.
A major change in the nature of your job.
Determine how the results of your SWOT analysis might be used in both a workplace setting and in the community. In your assessment, address the following:
Identify and describe the leadership style or characteristics you see reflected in your strengths.
Explain how you can apply the leadership style or characteristics to overcome perceived weaknesses.
Explain how you can use the leadership style or characteristics to explore opportunities.
Analyze how the leadership style or characteristics represented in your strengths could be used to overcome threats.
Associate the leadership style or characteristics represented in your strengths with the type of work you believe would best support them. Analyze how well your current career fits your leadership style.
Format your paper according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting guidelines, including a title page as well as a references page with APA-formatted citations. Include references from at least two scholarly sources. Include your SWOT analysis as an appendix. Note: The SWOT analysis will not be graded directly. Your completed assessment should be 3–5 pages in length (page count excluding the title page, SWOT analysis, and references)