by Aminat Abubakar – Monday, May 15, 2017
Gallup came up with four distinct domains of leadership strengths based on a study carried out on thousands of leadership teams, which are: (1) Executing, (2) Influencing, (3) Relationship Building, and (4) Strategic Thinking. Further research posited 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder themes grouped in the four domain of leadership strength. Gallup found that teams strive better when there is a representation of strength in each of the four domains.
The results of my personalized five Clifton StrengthsFinder themes report from Gallup, (2017) were:
1. Executing: Responsibility and Arranger
2. Relationship Building: Connectedness
3. Strategic Thinking: Intellection and Learner
Leadership Strengths Insights
My Personalized Report
I read to stimulate my mind and examine new ideas and unfamiliar points of views. People turn to me for guidance and help them see situation or problem from a different perspective. I appreciate individuals who share my commitment to search for the truth; and update my thinking about the key issues facing individuals and humankind. I gather new ideas, discover new approaches, hear about new theories, consider new concepts, or apply new technologies. I discover innovations and the team member who usually acquires lots of information by perusing all kinds of written material that include newspapers, books, memos, and electronic documents.
Leading with Intellection
People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
Leading Others with Strong Intellection
Encourage this person to find long stretches of time when she can simply muse. For some people, pure thinking time is not productive, but for her, it most certainly is. She will emerge from quiet periods of reflection with more clarity and self-confidence. Have a detailed discussion with this person regarding her strengths. She will probably enjoy the introspection and self-discovery. Give this person the opportunity to present her views to other people in the department. The pressure of communicating her ideas to others will force her to refine and clarify her thoughts. Be prepared to team up a person with someone who has strong Activator talents. This partner will push her to act on her thoughts and ideas.
My Personalized Report
I conduct myself in an exceptionally mature and orderly fashion and place a premium on doing everything correctly. Whatever am involve in must represent accuracy and precision because my high standards demand exactness. I am consistent in my core values and predictable in my actions. People are likely to know that I go to great lengths to do things right and to behave in an ethical manner. I am dependable because of my strengths for others know they can rely on me. I am committed to the resolution of an assignment; as a result, others trust my completion of assigned tasks. People are held to the highest moral standards and those that break the law be required to accept the consequences of their deeds.
Leading with Responsibility
People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
Leading Others with Strong Responsibility
As much as possible, avoid putting this person in team situations with lackadaisical colleagues.
Recognize that this person is a self-starter and requires little supervision to ensure that assignments are completed. Put this person in positions that require unimpeachable ethics. She will not let you down. Periodically ask this person what new responsibility she would like to assume. It is motivational for her to volunteer, so give her the opportunity. This person may well impress you with her ability to deliver repeatedly, leading you to consider promoting her to management. Be careful. She may prefer to do a job herself than being responsible for someone else’s work, in which case she will find managing others frustrating. It might be better to help her find other ways to grow within the organization.
My Personalized Report
I possess the physical and mental endurance needed to spend hours studying, reading, or researching. My diligence reflects the need to work harder and longer than most people can. I am motivated, set lofty goals and relentlessly pursue them; prefer to push myself rather than relax. I tend to investigate whenever I experience a personal or professional loss, make a mistake, or experience failure; and never rest until I find answers to my questions. I desire to deepen my understanding of various topics, opportunities, problems, solutions, situations, events, or people. Because of these strengths, I see myself as a contributing member of the group and have an ability to figure out how everyone on the team can benefit from each other’s knowledge, skills, experiences, or wisdom. I enjoy collaborating with intelligent people to exchange information, share observations, or offer tips for doing things more easily, efficiently, or swiftly. In essence, I become a student of the job as well as the institution’s opportunities, problems, challenges, shortcomings, or resources. I hope to lead a big organization one day. Methodically, acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply for this role when it becomes available.
Leading with Learner
People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Leading Others with Strong Learner
Position this person in roles that require her to stay current in a fast-changing field. She will enjoy the challenge of maintaining her competency. Regardless of this person’s role, she will be eager to learn new facts, skills, or knowledge. Explore innovative ways for her to learn and remain motivated, or she may start hunting for a richer learning environment. For example, if she lacks opportunities to learn on the job, encourage her to take courses at the local college. Remember, she does not necessarily need to be promoted; she just needs to be learning. It is the process of learning, not necessarily the result, which energizes her. Encourage this person to become the master or resident expert in her field. Arrange for her to take the relevant classes to accomplish this. Be sure to recognize her learning. Have this person work beside an expert who will continuously push her to learn more. Ask this person to conduct internal discussion groups or presentations. There may be no better way to learn than to teach others.
My Personalized Report
I enjoy working and studying with people whose backgrounds, cultures, talents, or experiences are quite different from one another. I am the one who determines how each individual can contribute to the group. Because of my strengths, I notice that members of my group often ask me to share my convictions, conclusions, or values on a variety of topics, people, issues, or situations. I am known to be a hard worker but willing to accept help from individuals who possess the talents, knowledge, and/or skills needed to overcome obstacles. I resist the temptation to interfere in the efforts of these people once they begin making progress. I acknowledge and applaud the unique contributions of my teammates. I derive much satisfaction from reaching goals, finishing assignments, and accomplishing whatever is expected.
Leading with Arranger
People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Leading Others with Strong Arranger
This person will thrive when given a new challenge, so give her as much as you are able to, according to her knowledge and skill levels. This person may well have the talent to be a manager or supervisor. Her Arranger talents enable her to figure out how people with very different strengths can work together. Pay attention to this person’s other top themes. If she also has strong Discipline talents, she may be an excellent organizer, establishing routines and systems for getting things done. Understand that this person’s modus operandi for team building is through trust and relationship. She may well reject someone who she believes is dishonest or does shoddy work.
My Personalized Report
Because of my strengths, I routinely isolate facts that link ideas, events, or people due to sensitivity to how one person’s optimistic or negative thoughts can affect the entire human family. This prompts me to pay close attention to what individuals and groups think and do. Instinctively, I frequently engage in laborious tasks. I seek to dedicate myself to worthy causes or noble purposes that give my life special meaning. It is very likely that I might choose to join groups whose members discuss ethic, philosophy, or the consequences of current events. I sometimes link together ideas no one else ever considered pairing. I believe that everything in life is somehow interrelated and interdependent; this strengthens me to calmly face most of the life’s challenges and difficulties. I believe that harming another human being eventually harms oneself – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” (Adams, 2014). Misusing the environment has personal consequences. This perspective on life influences your thoughts, actions, decisions, or choices.
Leading with Connectedness
People strong 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.
Leading Others with Strong Connectedness
This person is likely to have a spiritual orientation and perhaps a strong faith. Your knowledge and, at the very least, acceptance of her spirituality will enable her to become increasingly comfortable around you. This person may be receptive to thinking about and developing the mission for your organization. She naturally feels like she is part of something larger than herself, and she will enjoy contributing to the impact of an overall statement or goal.
Importance of Leadership Investment in the Strengths of Self and Others
It is very important for an individual to recognize his/her strength, we are all different, and act differently based on our personalities. The awareness of your strengths gives you better perspectives on your capabilities, which enables you to excel on things you are good at doing on the job or in your personal life. Understanding your strength would empower you to work on your weakness and limitations. As a leader, you would know how to reach out to others to compensate for your weakness with their strengths in order to build a strong team.
When Dr. Donald O. Clifton was asked about his discovery on his leadership strength research of over three decades; his response was:
“Leader needs to know his strength as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common in that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describe all leaders” (Rath, p. 13, 2008).
When leadership within the organization recognizes and invests in the strength of each individual employee, the organizational performance level increases by 73% (3 in 4 employees). However, when leadership fails to recognize and invest in their employee’s individual strength performance level increase by 9% (1 in 11 employees).
When we invest in self and become self-aware of our strength, it boosts our self-confidence, performance, and overall well-being. The collective result leads to increase in productivity and engagement of employees towards successful achievement of organizational goals as well as having a healthy work environment.
In 1979, Tim Judge and his colleague Charlice Hurst carried a 25-year longitudinal study on self-evaluations of 7,660 men and women between the ages of 14 – 22. The researchers discovered that “people with higher self-confidence in 1979 ended up with higher income and career satisfaction in 2004” (Rath, p. 15, 2008). While those with low self-esteem recorded three times as much in health problems.
The most effective leaders invest in their own strengths as well as their employees. Such leaders make sure they pick the right people to avoid a round peg in a square hole situation; and understand their employee’s needs. “Engagement and strengths orientation together create a culture that fosters high performances,” says Sorenson (2014).
This shows the important role leadership plays in the recognition, and investment on their personal strengths as well as on each individual employee’s strengths in creating a successful organizational growth.
Do you know your leadership strength as a leader? What are you waiting for?
Adams, K. (2014, September 28). Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Retrieved from https://u.osu.edu/group5/2014/09/28/do-unto-others-as-you-would-have-them-do-unto-you/
Gallup. (2017). Strengths. Retrieved from http://strengths.gallup.com/default.aspx
Rath, T. (2008). Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow. New York, NY: Gallup Press.
Sorenson, S. (2014, February 20). How Employees’ Strengths Make Your Company Stronger. Retrieved from http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/167462/employees-strengths-company-stronger.aspx?version=print