Dr. Robin’s Top Five Strengths
Individualization | Strategic | Learner| Achiever| Activator

StrengthsFinder Top Five Personal Strengths Rope

Classic career coaching focuses on having people identify their skills and combine those skills with interests and values to suggest satisfying careers. More recently, the strengths-based approach, exemplified by the Gallup Organization’s StrengthsFinder, has become popular, particularly with the two youngest generations in the workforce.

Based on Gallup’s research, the best route to job satisfaction is to develop your top five talents into strengths, and then, to accumulate a track record for using those strengths to make a contribution in your career. Strengths are a combination of values, motivating interests, talents you may take for granted, and skills you do almost effortlessly. StrengthsFinder Inventory cannot tell you how well you have actually developed those talents. For that information, it is best to get some type of feedback assessment.

StrengthsFinder helps you find the talents that come naturally to you, the talents you use most often and first, and that are most likely to become strengths if you use and develop them.

Many people feel that the StrengthsFinder Inventory also tells you what makes you stand out — what makes you unique. The sequence and blend of your top talent themes describes your talent DNA.

Strenthsfinder also organizes the talents into four DomainsExecuting, Influencing, Relationships, and Strategic Thinking. These become particularly helpful when working with Team strengths to see what you have, and what you might need to balance the talents on your team.

Individuals and Teams say the list of action ideas in the StrengthsFinder reports are focused, practical, and helpful.

StrengthsFinder Talent Themes

    1. Achiever | Great deal of stamina, work hard, love to be busy and productive
    2. Activator | Make things happen, turn thoughts into action
    3. Adaptability | Go with the flow, now oriented
    4. Analytical | Search for reasons, causes, things that might affect a situation
    5. Arranger | Organize for maximum productivity
    6. Belief | Have unchanging core values with a defined purpose
    7. Command | Presence, charisma, take control and make decisions
    8. Communication | Find it easy to put thoughts into words
    9. Competition | Measure progress against performance of others, strive to win
    10. Connectedness | Faith in the links between all things, few coincidences, events have reasons
    11. Consistency | Need to treat people fairly by setting up clear rules they use
    12. Context | Enjoy thinking about the past as prologue to present
    13. Deliberative | Take serious care in making decisions and choices, anticipate obstacles
    14. Developer | Recognize and cultivate the potential in others
    15. Discipline | Enjoy routine, structure, order
    16. Empathy | Sense the feelings of others by imagining themselves in their lives / situations
    17. Focus | Can take a direction, follow through, correct, and stay on track; prioritize, then act
    18. Futuristic | Inspired by what could be and inspire others with their vision
    19. Harmony | Look for consensus and areas of agreement
    20. Ideation | Fascinated by ideas and able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena
    21. Includer | Accepting of others, aware when people feel left out and try to include them
    22. Individualization | Intrigued by the unique qualities of each person, with a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively
    23. Input | Have a craving to know more, collect / archive all kinds of information
    24. Intellection | Introspective, actively intellectual, appreciate intellectual discussions
    25. Learner | Desire to learn and improve; the process of learning rather than outcome, excites them
    26. Maximizer | Focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence
    27. Positivity | Contagious enthusiasm, upbeat, get others excited
    28. Relator | Enjoy close relationships with others, find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal
    29. Responsibility | Take psychological ownership of whatever they say and do; are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty
    30. Restorative | Adept at dealing with problems, figuring out what’s wrong and dealing with it
    31. Self-assurance | Feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives
    32. Significance | Independent but want to be recognized as important by others
    33. Strategic | Faced with any given scenario, they spot patterns and issues quickly and create alternative ways to proceed
    34. WOO (Winning Others Over) | Love the challenge of meeting new people, winning them over, and making connections with other people

Strengths-Based Skill Development Thoughts

The strengths-based approach applies insights from positive psychology and empowering behavioral research. Strength-based skills development suggests:

  • You must own your development. Knowing what your strongest skills are boosts your confidence and encourages you to explore career options based on them. However, any strength overused can become a weakness if it gets in the way of being effective in a given situation. Working with you to understand and use your strengths effectively is the intent behind Strengths-based coaching.
  • You are successful when you focus on who you are, not who you aren’t. Many people focus far too much on their limitations and not enough on their gifts. No matter what your strengths, choose to do what you love to do, not what you think you should do.
  • All successful people need help — a network of developmental relationships, including mentors, coaches, friends, team members, and bosses — people who care about them, who care about their work, and who provide valuable support and feedback. Knowing who these people are and choosing to cultivate those relationships enhances your career effectiveness. Ask them for their feedback as well as their support. Feedback, even if critical, is a gift from them to you.
  • Identify the source of your weaknesses, but don’t focus on those weaknesses. Is the source a lack of talent? Education? Experience? Opportunity? If you lack the talent (and you need that skill to do your work), partner with others. If you lack experience or education, remedy that as you can, even if it is volunteering to do something because you’ll acquire a skill you want. Lacking opportunity?