Strengths Finder


 “You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. Some call you lighthearted. Others just wish that their glass were as full as yours seems to be. But either way, people want to be around you. Their world looks better around you because your enthusiasm is contagious. Lacking your energy and optimism, some find their world drab with repetition or, worse, heavy with pressure. You seem to find a way to lighten their spirit. You inject drama into every project. You celebrate every achievement. You find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital. Some cynics may reject your energy, but you are rarely dragged down. Your Positivity won’t allow it. Somehow you can’t quite escape your conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter what the setbacks, one must never lose one’s sense of humor.”
  • talkative and friendly
  • inclined to see things in a favorable light
  • exhibit a readiness and willingness to master certain kinds of new information or skills
  • curiosity causes you to be more optimistic about your ability to cope with change
  • emotionally attuned to what is going on in your own or others’ lives
  • search for the best in people, experiences, assignments, or situations
  • find ways to unburden others
“You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth—a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps. For you these small increments—invisible to some—are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.”
  • awareness of the changing moods of people
  • respond to individuals in a fitting way
  • quick and ready insights into what individuals are sensing
  • ask questions the right way
  • patiently observe, ask questions of, and listen to each individual
  • tune into the moods of specific people
“You are a conductor. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, you enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them until you are sure you have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible. In your mind there is nothing special about what you are doing. You are simply trying to figure out the best way to get things done. But others, lacking this theme, will be in awe of your ability. “How can you keep so many things in your head at once?” they will ask. “How can you stay so flexible, so willing to shelve well-laid plans in favor of some brand-new configuration that has just occurred to you?” But you cannot imagine behaving in any other way. You are a shining example of effective flexibility, whether you are changing travel schedules at the last minute because a better fare has popped up or mulling over just the right combination of people and resources to accomplish a new project. From the mundane to the complex, you are always looking for the perfect configuration. Of course, you are at your best in dynamic situations. Confronted with the unexpected, some complain that plans devised with such care cannot be changed, while others take refuge in the existing rules or procedures. You don’t do either. Instead, you jump into the confusion, devising new options, hunting for new paths of least resistance, and figuring out new partnerships—because, after all, there might just be a better way.”
  • break down projects into small parts
  • determine the importance and urgency of each step
  • decide what must be done first, second, or third
  • describe life in favorable terms
  • want to know a lot about members of your team for ease of collaboration
  • the team member who keeps everyone else informed about newsworthy events in your family, neighborhood, community, school, workplace, etc.
  • viewed as adult-like, upstanding, reliable
  • orchestrate the group’s activities
“You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings—to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.”
  • capable of stepping into a person’s feelings, thoughts, or experiences
  • natural capacity for grasping what life is like for someone else
  • ability to deal with negative emotions, people, or experiences
  • rely on awareness of people’s feelings, thoughts, or needs to guide you into and through partnerships
  • choose to play games simply to enjoy them
  • instinctively notice who is having fun and who is not
  • insights affect how you interact with individuals
  • bring an emotional awareness to certain kinds of conversations
  • ease the stress of individuals if they are about to make an important decision
  • calm those who are struggling with the uncertainty of change
“Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.” Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.”
  • greatly enjoy the written word
  • often found poring over – that is, studiously reading – a book to acquire simple facts or to deepen your understanding of a favorite topic
  • routinely provide people with information they currently need
  • enhance your own quality of life each time you reach out to someone in need of assistance
  • ability to exercise good judgement or common sense
  • specific people trust you to keep to yourself whatever they choose to share

If you have taken the Gallup Strengths Finder, what were your results?