Do you believe you have the traits to be an effective leader?
According to The Gallup Organization’s many years of study, the most productive people are those who recognize their own strengths and tendencies. These people are most suited to devise solutions for meeting and exceeding the demands of their everyday life, careers, and families. A study of your acquired knowledge and skills can offer a rudimentary idea of your abilities, but an awareness and comprehension of your innate gifts can provide meaningful insight into the underlying causes of your persistent success. Your Signature Themes report ranks your five most prominent talent themes in the order indicated by your StrengthsFinder responses.Of the 34 themes measured, these are your “top five.” Your Signature Themes are very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes. By focusing on your Signature Themes, separately and in combination, you can identify your talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.
Your Achiever theme explains your motivation. The term “achiever” refers to someone who is constantly striving for success. You have the impression that every day begins at zero. To feel good about yourself at the end of the day, you must do something substantial. And by “every day,” you mean every day—workdays, weekends, and vacations. No matter how much you believe you deserve a day of relaxation, if the day goes without any sort of accomplishment, no matter how minor, you will be disappointed. You have an internal fire that is raging. It motivates you to accomplish more and achieve more. After each success, the fire dims for a minute, but it quickly rekindles, propelling you forward to the next one. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.
Self-assurance is synonymous with self-confidence. You believe in your own abilities from the bottom of your heart. You know you’re capable—capable of taking chances, meeting new difficulties, making claims, and, most importantly, delivering. However, self-assurance is more than just confidence. With the subject of Self-assurance, you have faith not just in your talents, but also in your judgment. When you look at the world, you realize that your point of view is special and one-of-a-kind. And you know that no one can make your selections for you since no one sees exactly what you see. Nobody has the authority to tell you what to think. They are capable of guiding. They can provide suggestions. But you alone have the authority to form conclusions, make decisions, and act. This authority, this final accountability for the living of your life, does not intimidate you. On the contrary, it feels natural to you. No matter what the situation, you seem to know what the right decision is. This theme lends you an aura of certainty. Unlike many, you are not easily swayed by someone else’s arguments, no matter how persuasive they may be. This Self-Assurance may be quiet or loud, depending on your other themes, but it is solid. It is strong. Like the keel of a ship, it withstands many different pressures and keeps you on your course.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if…?” You’re the type of person who enjoys looking beyond the horizon. You are fascinated by the future. You can see the future in detail, as if it were projected on the wall, and this precise image keeps drawing you ahead, towards tomorrow. While the specific substance of the image will vary depending on your other talents and interests—a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world—it will always be inspiring to you. You are a visionary who sees and loves visions of what could be. When the present is too irritating and the people around you are too realistic, you make up ideas of the future, which inspire you. They can energize others, too. In fact, very often people look to you to describe your visions of the future. They want a picture that can raise their sights and thereby their spirits. You can paint it for them. Practice. Choose your words carefully. Make the picture as vivid as possible. People will want to latch on to the hope you bring.
Everything happens for a reason. You’re certain of it. You are certain of that because you know in your heart that we are all related. Yes, we are individuals, accountable for our own decisions and with our own free will, but we are also part of something bigger. Some may refer to it as the collective unconscious. Others may refer to it as spirit or vital force. But, whatever phrase you choose, knowing that we are not separated from one another or from the planet and its vitality gives you confidence. This sense of connectedness entails some duties. If we are all a part of a bigger picture, we must not damage others or we will harm ourselves.We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.
Relator describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms, the Relator theme pulls you toward people you already know. You do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people—in fact, you may have other themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends—but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being around your close friends. You are comfortable with intimacy. Once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk—you might be taken advantage of—but you are willing to accept that risk. For you a relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each of you proves your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real friendship, and you take them willingly.
Your Leadership Profile
Do you believe you have the traits to be an effective leader? Perhaps you are already in a supervisory role, but as has been discussed previously, an appointment does not guarantee leadership skills.
How can you evaluate your own leadership skills and behaviors? You can start by analyzing your performance in specific areas of leadership. In this Discussion, you will complete Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment. This assessment will identify your personal strengths, which have been shown to improve motivation, engagement, and academic self-conference. Through this assessment, you will discover your top five themes—which you can reflect upon and use to leverage your talents for optimal success and examine how the results relate to your leadership traits.
Reflect on the results of your Assessment, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits.
.Post a brief description of your results from the StrengthsFinder assessment. Then, briefly describe two core values, two strengths, and two characteristics that you would like to strengthen based on the results of your StrengthsFinder assessment. Be specific.