I am a big believer in knowing your strengths in all aspects of life. What you contribute, how you think, what you can do, etc. etc. Taking the StrengthsFinder* assessment and analyzing the results has changed the way I approach my work and relationships. I won’t go into tons of detail about the assessment, but in a nutshell, the results show you your Top 5 strengths out of 34 from a longitudinal study done in the early 2000s. The top strengths of each person is based on what comes naturally to you, not requiring a ton of energy or thought because it is instinctual. The people around you could probably pinpoint those immediately but sometimes we don’t think too much about those talents because they are so commonplace. However, leveraging those talents can make us exceptional in anything that we do. Of course there will be skeptics and critics of these type of tests and that is completely fair. From my findings, I feel that my results are pretty spot on and have given me a lens and communication tool to understand where I am coming from as well as that of others I interact with. This year I will be exploring all 34 of my strengths in order (I have unlocked them all after doing a deep dive into my Top 5) and how I can leverage them in my bookish goals.
From the chart below, you can tell that each strength belongs to an umbrella category to help make sense of what the bigger picture of that strength allows one to do. For example, my top strengths are dominant in Strategic Thinking (absorb and analyze info), Executing (getting stuff done), and Relationship Building (build and strengthen bonds). The one category I am not as strong in is Influencing (sell ideas and convince others). I will dive into each of these categories as I continue to explore them in my posts and connect them to my reading, writing, and blogging. What I love about Strengths is that even though I am not as dominant in Influencing, I can bring those aspects out with more energy by using my top strengths. We all have the 34 strengths, it is a matter of how they emerge and what comes more naturally.
As I post about each strength, the list below will link to that specific one. I have done initial reflections on them in a broad sense but never before have I intentionally sat down with each one individually and made sense of them as they pertain to me and my goals. So we will all be learning together in a way! Without further ado, here is my full list of 34 strengths in order (from what I know about them on the onset, this is not surprising!):
Let us jump in and explore Strengths! I’d love to hear what you think of Strengths, if you know yours, and how you’ve connected them to personal/professional goals!
*To learn more and to take the assessment yourself, check out the Clifton Strengths site (This is not meant to be an advertisement! As you read about Input, you can see that I love to share resources and information 🙂 )