Five years ago I took the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment for the first time while serving as a teacher-leader at Oakland MIlls High school, and last year I had the opportunity to delve deeper into my strengths through a systemic initiative for leaders in the Howard County Public School System.
My top five strengths are listed here in order:
Achiever: People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
Connectedness: People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
Strategic: People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Individualization: People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
Activator: People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Empowerment is a core value of mine and I’ve found this process truly helpful in understanding myself and others, and most importantly in supporting the development of healthy teams and a successful organization.
This year I’m looking forward to doing deeper and seeing how strengths-based-leadership can transform Long Reach High School, Summer School and even my family life!
What are your strengths? How can we use them to improve our work, interactions, teams and organizations?