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Strengths Paper: Write a 2-page paper that identifies your top 5 strengths and how you can apply them to your current or future leadership context.
i. What are your strengths/advantages?
ii. What are your weaknesses/pitfalls?
iii. How would you address these weaknesses?
iv. How would you use your strengths in leadership?

DON CLIFTON

Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of CliftonStrengths

Strengths Insight Report

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Your Top 5 Themes

1. Adaptability
2. Harmony
3. Restorative
4. Empathy
5. Includer

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Adaptability

SHARED THEME DESCRIPTION

People exceptionally 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.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS
What makes you stand out?

Chances are good that you can be flexible about how a game is played. Having a good experience is much more important to you than winning. Many people marvel at your ability to calmly move on to something else after you have met with defeat. Instinctively, you keep your distance from those who fail to slow down long enough to take in the world’s loveliness and recognize the goodness of individuals. Aware of life’s fleeting nature, you discover something admirable in common objects, ordinary people, and everyday experiences. You choose to live in the present. You exhibit the flexibility required to deal with change. It’s very likely that you are filled with awe by beauty in the world, in people, and in the cosmos. Whether you gaze upon nature’s wonders or marvel at the work of human hands, you are filled with wonder. You can suddenly stop what you are doing to watch a sunset, listen to the rustle of leaves, stand before a work of art, hear a piece of music, look through a telescope, or hold a newborn child. You experience beauty at a level many people cannot imagine.
Once the moment has passed, you can still picture the scene or hear the sound in your memory. Driven by your talents, you are inclined deal with events as they occur. You usually make more progress when you can work at an even and unhurried pace. By nature, you avoid individuals who work non-stop, never taking a break. You refuse to rush headlong from one activity to the next. You are quite comfortable dealing with change, surprises, and unexpected problems. Why? While you appreciate schedules and plans, you recognize when it is wise to deviate — that is, turn away — from them.

Harmony

SHARED THEME DESCRIPTION

People exceptionally talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

Depending on the order of your themes and how you responded to the assessment, some of your themes may share identical insight statements. If this occurs, the lower ranked theme will not display insight statements to avoid duplication on your report.

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YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS
What makes you stand out?

Driven by your talents, you choose to do just what is assigned to you each day. The measured yet consistent progress you make pleases you greatly. You have an ability to pay close attention to the task at hand. Knowing the expectations of others inspires you to concentrate your physical and/or mental energy on the right activities. When you and others finish your daily assignments, no one feels overworked. Because of your strengths, you are happy to do exactly what is assigned to you, as long as you sense you are not being asked to carry more than your fair share of the workload. Checking those tasks off your list brings you much pleasure, and it helps you get along with others who notice your close attention to the work required of you. By nature, you turn to experienced individuals to help you pinpoint areas where you need to do something better. You probably seek their counsel about personal or professional matters. You often trust that their answers are correct and their solutions are feasible — that is, doable and suitable. It’s very likely that you are apt to have a reputation for being good-natured and congenial. You are quite comfortable welcoming diverse types of individuals into your life. You even invite them to join groups or participate in activities with you. Instinctively, you frequently detect impending conflict sooner than most people do. Your keen awareness allows you to sense what others are thinking and feeling. Before issues cause people to be angry, you direct everyone’s attention to areas where they already share the same ideas, philosophies, or viewpoints. Simply put: You have a gift for helping people find common ground. This makes it easier for them to politely and courteously resolve their differences.

Restorative

SHARED THEME DESCRIPTION

People exceptionally talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS
What makes you stand out?

Because of your strengths, you constantly search for ways to better yourself by making changes or corrections. It’s very likely that you naturally pay very close attention to whoever is speaking. You generally think of ways to enhance your overall attentiveness and comprehension. By nature, you frequently decide you need to do things better. You hope your improvements will prompt many of your teammates, classmates, coworkers or family members to befriend you. You want them to view you as influential and important. Chances are good that you naturally ponder what needs to be done better.

In an unrushed and measured manner, you make needed improvements and upgrades. Instinctively, you might appreciate straightforward people who tell you the truth about yourself and what they think of you. Sometimes you have the courage to ask for and hear their responses. Perhaps you are inclined to concentrate your energy on correcting certain problems, making specific upgrades, or eliminating personal deficiencies.

Empathy

SHARED THEME DESCRIPTION

People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS
What makes you stand out?

Chances are good that you intentionally distance yourself from bold, aggressive, or domineering individuals. You realize their words and nonverbal forcefulness make your feel uncomfortable. Some authority figures can strike you as threatening. Thinking clearly and acting decisively in their presence can sometimes be difficult. It’s very likely that you naturally sense when a person can benefit from your support, kind words, or thoughtful deeds. Perhaps you have an ability to lift certain people’s sagging spirits by what you do or say. In the process, you might enhance some individuals’ self- confidence enough that they dare to acquire knowledge, gain new skills, or broaden their experiences. By nature, you encourage people to express their innermost thoughts and feelings, and you refrain from judging them. You like knowing that others depend on you to listen. Moreover, you have noticed that individuals come to you for advice. Instinctively, you notice that people feel comfortable telling you their innermost thoughts and feelings. Often you sense the moods of individuals without them having to say a word. As a result, you can ask questions and broach — that is, bring up and introduce
— topics with people who are naturally reserved, timid, or shy. Driven by your talents, you can brighten a person’s day by accurately describing the emotions he or she feels. Whether it is happiness or sadness, jubilation or disappointment, hope or despair, love or hate, tranquility or anger, you have a gift for honoring the emotions that others are experiencing. Your awareness of their moods and the thoughtful way you respond to them touches their hearts, not just their minds. Even when a person is having a very bad day, you have the ability to transform it into a very good day. Few individuals can bring smiles to others’ faces the way you can.

Includer

SHARED THEME DESCRIPTION

People exceptionally talented in the Includer theme accept others. They show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS
What makes you stand out?

Instinctively, you probably harbor tender feelings for individuals who are quite different from you. Your openhearted — that is, kind and generous — nature compels you to reach out and draw into your life many different kinds of people. It’s very likely that you are acutely aware of what it feels like not to belong. You probably understand the sensations that accompany not being accepted. You regularly go out of your way to welcome individuals whom others ignore. By nature, you attempt to surround yourself with thinkers. When you encounter them, you might share a few of your latest theories, concepts, or philosophies. You might place a special value on these conversations. Occasionally they might supply you with a new idea or a fresh perspective. Perhaps you gather information, store it in your mind, or somehow document it. You may not know at that moment how something you have heard, read, or observed will lead you to another discovery or insight. Driven by your talents, you sometimes enjoy surrounding yourself with companions rather than being alone. Chances are good that you solicit the thoughts, feelings, and advice of many people. You do not want anyone to feel left out of a conversation, activity, meeting, plan, or decision.

DON CLIFTON

Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of CliftonStrengths

Your Signature Themes

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Many years of research conducted by The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.

A review of the knowledge and skills you have acquired can provide a basic sense of your abilities, but an awareness and understanding of your natural talents will provide true insight into the core reasons behind your consistent successes.

Your Signature Themes report presents your five most dominant themes of talent, in the rank order revealed by your responses to CliftonStrengths. Of the 34 themes measured, these are your “top five.”

Your Signature Themes are very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes. By focusing on your Signature Themes, separately and in combination, you can identify your talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.

Adaptability
You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans. Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. You expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.

Harmony
You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum. When you know that the people around you hold differing views, you try to find the common ground. You try to steer them away from confrontation and toward harmony. In fact, harmony is one of your guiding values. You can’t quite believe how much time is wasted by people trying to impose their views on others. Wouldn’t we all be more productive if we

kept our opinions in check and instead looked for consensus and support? You believe we would, and you live by that belief. When others are sounding off about their goals, their claims, and their fervently held opinions, you hold your peace. When others strike out in a direction, you will willingly, in the service of harmony, modify your own objectives to merge with theirs (as long as their basic values do not clash with yours). When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going. It is a good boat. There is no need to rock it just to show that you can.

Restorative
You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you can be energized by it. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. You may prefer practical problems or conceptual ones or personal ones. You may seek out specific kinds of problems that you have met many times before and that you are confident you can fix. Or you may feel the greatest push when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. Your exact preferences are determined by your other themes and experiences. But what is certain is that you enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory.
Intuitively, you know that without your intervention, this thing—this machine, this technique, this person, this company—might have ceased to function. You fixed it, resuscitated it, rekindled its vitality. Phrasing it the way you might, you saved it.

Empathy
You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings—to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.

Includer
“Stretch the circle wider.” This is the philosophy around which you orient your life. You want to include people and make them feel part of the group. In direct contrast to those who are drawn only to exclusive groups, you actively avoid those groups that exclude others. You want to expand the group so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support. You hate the sight of someone on the outside looking in. You want to draw them in so that they can feel the warmth of the group. You are an instinctively accepting person. Regardless of race or sex or nationality or personality or faith, you cast few judgments. Judgments can hurt a person’s feelings. Why do that if you don’t have to? Your accepting nature does not necessarily rest on a belief that each of us is different and that one should respect these differences. Rather, it rests on your conviction that fundamentally we are all the same. We are all equally important. Thus, no one should be ignored. Each of us should be included. It is the least we all deserve.

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