Strengths are Important!

Right People on the Bus

“Effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and build on each person’s strengths.” Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, Strengths-Based Leadership

The staff of Postcards Magazine are intentionally trying to enhance the principle in this quote. Wes & Karen Altom want to help us all learn our strengths and those of our teammates so that we can live fully alive and experience God’s fullness in that! For that reason, we are taking Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to discover our top 5 strengths, something I used with my student leadership team with the Kats for Christ.

Here’s what awesome!

Isaiah sees this strengths-based kind of world. It is a world where people come near God because they know God will reveal himself directly and they will learn more about themselves. Isaiah says that all kinds of people will river toward God’s place and will say, “Hey, let’s climb God’s mountain….He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.”

I love it! We can live the way we’re made! Who is going to pass on that opportunity? To do exactly what God made you to do? To be in a job that is tailored perfectly for you? Someone else can pass on that one…I want to work in the environment I’m made to work! And designing with the Postcards Magazine staff is a fit!

While we’ve been talking about working in our strengths for a while now, we are now taking a big step in integrating that idea into our organization by actually taking StrengthsFinder 2.0. Ii is cool how the assessment gives you your top five strengths, explains the tendencies for each of those strengths, and even factors in the other four strength areas in giving you that feedback! Amazing! On top of that, the report includes practical ideas for action so you can utilize and enhance your strength areas! It is also insightful in offering perspective on how others may be perceiving your strengths.

As we go through this process, I plan on making my own discoveries about those I’ve been working with! This, actually, is one of the suggested “Ideas for Action” under my Input theme.

My Top 5 Strengths

Here are my top 5 Strengths with brief, generic descriptions for each area:

  1. Input: People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
  2. 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.
  3. Intellection: People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
  4. Adaptability: People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
  5. Learner: People who are especially talented 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.

I took the assessment again when I bought StrengthsBased Leadership and found another strength was…

6. Relator: People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

I’m Curious

Have you taken the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment? If so, what did you find surprising about your top five strengths?

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