Top 100 Strengths and Weaknesses List Teens Can Work On

Teen climbing a mountain to determine their stengths and weaknesses

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Why I wrote this article:

After working with hundreds of students, we have found that they rarely are taught in high school to identify their strengths and weaknesses list. I believe this is because of the following:

  1. Limited resources: Post Covid, high schools often have limited resources and scheduling options. They prioritize subjects such as math, science, and language arts over personal development and self-awareness.
  2. Lack of focus: High schools may not have a specific curriculum or program in place to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses. Instead, the focus is on academic subjects and preparing students for standardized tests. 
  3. Insufficient training: High school teachers may not have the training or expertise to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses. This makes it difficult to provide students with the necessary guidance and support.

I believe parents need to provide students with opportunities to develop self-awareness and understand their unique strengths and weaknesses list, as it can be a crucial factor in their future success and happiness. After reading this article, I encourage you to read my more comprehensive article on the subject here.

What tips can parents provide to their teens regarding strengths and weaknesses?

Here are some tips that parents can provide to their teenagers regarding strengths and weaknesses:

  1. Encourage reflection and self-assessment: Parents can encourage their teenagers to take the time to reflect on their experiences and think about what they are good at doing, what they struggle with, and what they would like to improve. This can help teenagers gain valuable insights and guidance and develop a plan for putting their strengths and weaknesses into action.
  2. Provide feedback and support: Parents can also provide feedback and support to their teenagers as they work to develop their strengths and address their weaknesses. This can involve providing constructive and objective feedback and helping teenagers understand the value and importance of their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Encourage balance and a growth mindset: Parents can also encourage their teenagers to have a balanced and growth-oriented approach to their strengths and weaknesses. This can involve encouraging teenagers to focus on developing their strengths, addressing their weaknesses, and seeking support and guidance.
  4. Provide guidance and resources: Parents can also provide guidance and resources for their teenagers as they work to develop their strengths and address their weaknesses. This can involve helping teenagers set goals, providing access to resources such as books or online courses, and connecting them with mentors or other trusted adults who can provide support and guidance.
  5. Provide examples and stories: Parents can also provide examples and stories to help teenagers understand the concept of strengths and weaknesses. This can involve sharing stories about their own experiences or providing examples of individuals who have used their strengths and overcome their weaknesses to achieve their goals.
  6. Encourage action and evaluation: Finally, parents can encourage their teenagers to take action and evaluate their progress as they work to develop their strengths and address their weaknesses. This can involve encouraging teenagers to practice their skills, seek feedback and support, and adjust their plans to achieve their goals.

To help your teen to begin the process of self-awareness, you might want to share the following 100 potential strengths and weaknesses list that they most clearly identify with:

girl writing strengths and weaknesses
It’s important for your teen to discover their strength and weaknesses

50 Strengths

  1. Adaptability
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Attention to detail
  4. Communication assertiveness
  5. Communication skills
  6. Compassion
  7. Confidence
  8. Conflict resolution
  9. Courage
  10. Creativity
  11. Critical thinking
  12. Decision-making
  13. Emotional awareness
  14. Emotional expression
  15. Emotional intelligence
  16. Emotional regulation
  17. Empathy
  18. Fairness
  19. Flexibility
  20. Forgiveness
  21. Goal-setting
  22. Gratitude
  23. Grit
  24. Honesty
  25. Humility
  26. Independence
  27. Initiative
  28. Interpersonal skills
  29. Leadership
  30. Loyalty
  31. Open-mindedness
  32. Organization
  33. Patience
  34. Perseverance
  35. Problem-solving
  36. Resilience
  37. Resourcefulness
  38. Respect
  39. Responsibility
  40. Self-acceptance
  41. Self-awareness
  42. Self-control
  43. Self-discipline
  44. Self-esteem
  45. Self-improvement
  46. Self-motivation
  47. Teamwork
  48. Time management
  49. Tolerance
  50. Trustworthiness

50 Weaknesses

  1. Disorganization
  2. Emotional instability
  3. Impulsivity
  4. Intolerance
  5. Lack of adaptability
  6. Lack of assertiveness
  7. Lack of attention to detail
  8. Lack of communication skills
  9. Lack of compassion
  10. Lack of confidence
  11. Lack of conflict resolution
  12. Lack of creativity
  13. Lack of critical thinking
  14. Lack of decision-making
  15. Lack of discipline
  16. Lack of emotional awareness
  17. Lack of emotional expression
  18. Lack of emotional intelligence
  19. Lack of emotional regulation
  20. Lack of empathy
  21. Lack of fairness
  22. Lack of flexibility
  23. Lack of focus
  24. Lack of forgiveness
  25. Lack of goal-setting
  26. Lack of honesty
  27. Lack of humility
  28. Lack of independence
  29. Lack of initiative
  30. Lack of interpersonal skills
  31. Lack of leadership
  32. Lack of loyalty
  33. Lack of motivation
  34. Lack of open-mindedness
  35. Lack of patience
  36. Lack of problem-solving
  37. Lack of resilience
  38. Lack of resourcefulness
  39. Lack of respect
  40. Lack of responsibility
  41. Lack of self-acceptance
  42. Lack of self-control
  43. Lack of self-esteem
  44. Lack of teamwork
  45. Lack of time management
  46. Lack of trustworthiness
  47. Negative thinking
  48. Perfectionism
  49. Procrastination
  50. Rigidity

It’s a long list, I know. I created it to help your teen brainstorm to identify their strengths and weaknesses. As mentioned above, please read my more comprehensive article “Strengths and Weaknesses – Help Your Teen Discover Theirs” to help them gain clarity on this important subject.



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