Your Differences Are Actually Your Greatest Professional Strengths

You’re a night owl, a mother, a daydreamer. Or maybe you grew up economically disadvantaged or deep in rural isolation. Whatever your personal difference is, you’ve likely been conditioned to believe it’s a weakness—a flaw. Something to be hidden at work. I’m here to tell you that what you think is your weakness might, in fact, be your biggest professional strength. Our personal stories influence how we think about our abilities, achievements, and possibilities, and often, our views of ourselves are more negative than the assessments from our peers.  When You’re Different from Your Peers I worked with a young leader in private equity named Emily who struggled with reconciling her difference from her peers, and her story taught me …