I recently completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder test. It measures the presence of talent in 34 categories called “themes.” These themes were determined by Gallup as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors. Focusing on naturally powerful talents helps people use them as the foundation of strengths and enjoy personal, academic, and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.
Below are my top five themes of talent, ranked in the order revealed by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder.
How well do you think these themes describe me?
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.
Ideation – People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
Analytical – People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
Command – People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
Activator – People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Before taking the test I didn’t read what the 34 strengths were. I didn’t want to formulate a hypothesis on the outcome and wanted the results to come without bias. I was a little surprised at the results and that my top strength was Strategic. Everyone likes my ideas and how I come up with so many (some actually work) but I never considered that this would be my top strength.
The Ideation strength doesn’t surprise me so much as the Strategic one. I frequently am looking at all parts of a problem, idea or project and can find patterns in disparate data. I see this so often that most of my stories or ideas are transferred via analogies that my audience can understand.
If you have gotten this far then you probably have asked what your five key strengths are. I definitely recommend you take the test yourself. To learn more about the Clifton StrengthsFinder and how you can discover your top five themes, visit http://strengths.gallup.com