StrengthsFinder 2.0: Focusing on Your Strengths

What do you think about focusing on strengths and downplaying your weaknesses?

I recently took the Strength Finders 2.o strengths survey, a set of 177 paired questions which took me about 25 minutes to complete.  I had purchased the Kindle version of the book and received a code to take the test online.

My top strengths as determined by the survey are, in order:

  1. Activator–one who acts to start things in motion
  2. Maximizer–one who seeks to take people and projects from great to excellent
  3. Learner–one who must constantly be challenged and learning new things to feel successful
  4. Woo–one who is able to easily persuade
  5. Communication–one who uses words to inspire action and education

If you know me, does this ring true?

Here is the list of all 34 strengths–which strengths do you have?

  • Achiever – one with a constant drive for accomplishing tasks
  • Activator – one who acts to start things in motion
  • Adaptability – one who is especially adept at accommodating to changes in direction/plan
  • Analytical – one who requires data and/or proof to make sense of their circumstances
  • Arranger – one who enjoys orchestrating many tasks and variables to a successful outcome
  • Belief – one who strives to find some ultimate meaning behind everything they do
  • Command – one who steps up to positions of leadership without fear of confrontation
  • Communication – one who uses words to inspire action and education
  • Competition – one who thrives on comparison and competition to be successful
  • Connectedness – one who seeks to unite others through commonality
  • Consistency – one who believes in treating everyone the same to avoid unfair advantage
  • Context – one who is able to use the past to make better decisions in the present
  • Deliberative – one who proceeds with caution, seeking to always have a plan and know all of the details
  • Developer – one who sees the untapped potential in others
  • Discipline – one who seeks to make sense of the world by imposition of order
  • Empathy – one who is especially in tune with the emotions of others
  • Focus – one who requires a clear sense of direction to be successful
  • Futuristic – one who has a keen sense of using an eye towards the future to drive today’s success
  • Harmony – one who seeks to avoid conflict and achieve success through consensus
  • Ideation – one who is adept at seeing underlying concepts that unite disparate ideas
  • Includer – one who instinctively works to include everyone
  • Individualization – one who draws upon the uniqueness of individuals to create successful teams
  • Input – one who is constantly collecting information or objects for future use
  • Intellection – one who enjoys thinking and thought-provoking conversation often for its own sake, and also can data compress complex concepts into simplified models
  • Learner – one who must constantly be challenged and learning new things to feel successful
  • Maximizer – one who seeks to take people and projects from great to excellent
  • Positivity – one who has a knack for bring the light-side to any situation
  • Relator – one who is most comfortable with fewer, deeper relationships
  • Responsibility – one who, inexplicably, must follow through on commitments
  • Restorative – one who thrives on solving difficult problems
  • Self-Assurance – one who stays true to their beliefs, judgments and is confident of his/her ability
  • Significance – one who seeks to be seen as significant by others
  • Strategic – one who is able to see a clear direction through the complexity of a situation
  • Woo – one who is able to easily persuade
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About Diane Windingland
I speak for organizations that want their people to have better, more profitable conversations.

2 Responses to StrengthsFinder 2.0: Focusing on Your Strengths

  1. Hi Diane, Those strengths sound like you! My strengths are: Maximizer, Adaptability, Significance, Positivity, Harmony. Pretty much sums me up! I found the significance strength description to be exactly what one wants when upgrading your personal brand – credible, professional and successful. Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve even seen some people list their top 5 strengths on their LinkedIn Profile.

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