Using Your Strengths at Work: Gallup’s Research

iStock_000019157558SmallDG-leverage-strengths_pt2How much of your work involves using your strengths and talents? Is your job bringing out your best work? Many people I speak with, are stuck doing things they aren’t good at.

“People have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.” Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, (Gallup Press, 2007)

The Gallup Organization identifies 34 distinct personal strengths after interviewing 1.7 million professionals over 40 years:

  1. Achiever: constantly driven to accomplish tasks
  2. Activator: sets things in motion
  3. Adaptability: adept at accommodating changes in direction/plan
  4. Analytical: requires data/proof to make sense of circumstances
  5. Arranger: enjoys orchestrating many tasks/variables
  6. Belief: strives to find ultimate meaning in everything he/she does
  7. Command: embraces leadership positions without fearing confrontation
  8. Communication: uses words to inspire action and education
  9. Competition: thrives on comparison and competition
  10. Connectedness: seeks to unite others through commonalities
  11. Consistency: treats everyone the same to avoid unfair advantage
  12. Context: reviews the past to make better decisions
  13. Deliberative: proceeds with caution and a planned approach
  14. Developer: sees others’ untapped potential
  15. Discipline: makes sense of the world by imposing order
  16. Empathy: in tune with others’ emotions
  17. Focus: has a clear sense of direction
  18. Futuristic: eyes the future to drive today’s success
  19. Harmony: seeks to avoid conflict and achieve consensus
  20. Ideation: sees underlying concepts that unite disparate ideas
  21. Includer: instinctively works to include everyone
  22. Individualization: draws upon individuals’ uniqueness to create successful teams
  23. Input: constantly collects information/objects for future use
  24. Intellection: enjoys thinking and thought-provoking conversation; can compress complex concepts into simplified models
  25. Learner: constantly challenged; learns new skills/information to feel successful
  26. Maximizer: takes people and projects from great to excellent
  27. Positivity: injects levity into any situation
  28. Relator: most comfortable with fewer, deeper relationships
  29. Responsibility: always follows through on commitments
  30. Restorative: thrives on solving difficult problems
  31. Self-Assurance: stays true to beliefs; self-confident
  32. Significance: wants others to see him/her as significant
  33. Strategic: can see a clear direction in complex situations
  34. Woo: can easily persuade

To me, that may seem like a confusingly long list. Taking the strength assessment narrows your list down to your top five strengths.

What are your top 5 strengths and talents? I’d love to hear from you. How do you use them in the work that you do?


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