I recently attended a workshop hosted by the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. The workshop, led by Susan Shald, focused on Gallup’s Strengths-Based Leadership.
While participating in the workshop, I was awarded a book of my choosing. I asked Susan for a recommendation, and she urged to read the StrengthsFinder 2.0. Below gives a description of the book and the results that I received from the assessment.
Over the past decade, Gallup has surveyed more than 10 million people worldwide on the topic of employee engagement (or how positive and productive people are at work), and only one-third “strongly agree” with the statement: At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day (Rath, 2007).
Gallup’s studies indicate that people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general (Rath, 2007).
In every culture studied however, the overwhelming majority of parents (77% in the United States) think that topics where their children receive the lowest grades deserve the most time and attention (Rath, 2007). To put it simply, overcoming deficits is an essential part of the fabric of our culture.
StrengthsFinder explains essentially that each person has a greater potential for success in specific areas, and the key to human development is building on who you already are and your existing strengths, rather than improving your weaknesses.
What’s new in StrengthsFinder 2.0?
The research and knowledge base on the topic of human strengths has expanded dramatically over the past decade. StrengthsFinder 2.0 is designed to provide you with the latest discoveries and strategies for application. The language of the 34 “themes” (or characteristics) from the first version remains the same, but the assessment in 2.0 is faster and more reliable (Rath, 2007).
Once I completed the assessment, I received a comprehensive Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide. It took me an hour to read through the book and take the assessment; my time was split 50/50. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to learn more about themselves. I feel that these results are in line with my personality, the assessment was easy, and the reports are simple to read through. I look forward to using these tools as a road map to capitalize on my own strengths. Below are my results.
MY TOP 5 STRENGTHS
- 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.
- Focus:People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
- Activator:People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
- 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.
- 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.