For this assessment, consider you were recently promoted to an executive level position in your organization. The organization has a highly regarded management training and development program led by its human resources department. As part of that, the HR team works individually with each new executive to create a customized development plan. One component of that is that the HR team asks each new executive to create a personal SWOT analysis. New executives are typically familiar with a SWOT analysis (analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) from their past educational and professional experience, but typically think of that tool as applied to an organization rather than applied personally.
You too 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 guide 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 meetings regularly?
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 and complete an analysis paper describing that. Be sure to address the following:
Analyze the leadership style or characteristics you see reflected in your strengths.
Analyze how you can apply the leadership style or characteristics to overcome perceived weaknesses.
Analyze how you can use the leadership style or characteristics to explore opportunities.
Analyze how you can use the leadership style or characteristics to overcome threats and provide specific strategies to accomplish that.
Evaluate the relationship between individual strengths, leadership style or characteristics, and workplace setting. As part of that, 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.
Include your SWOT analysis as an appendix. Note: The SWOT analysis will not be graded directly.
Given the intended audience for your SWOT and overall leadership analysis, it should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language. It should be approximately 3–5 pages in length. Follow APA rules for attributing sources that support your analysis and conclusions.
Academic Integrity and APA Formatting
As a reminder related to using APA rules to ensure academic honesty:
When using a direct quote (using exact or nearly exact wording), you must enclose the quoted wording in quotation marks, immediately followed by an in-text citation. The source must then be listed in your references page.
When paraphrasing (using your own words to describe a non-original idea), the paraphrased idea must be immediately followed by an in-text citation and the source must be listed in your references page