Strength is that part of your intellect or nervous system that is more effective and productive than other parts. Throughout your experience of life, your actions or reactions drive different thoughts, behavior and emotion in your brain. The requests that are processed more efficiently and rapidly are known as your strengths. Nowadays, strengths-based approaches to work and life are gaining a lot of popularity and often they are used to improve leadership and create more productive and efficient work teams. The Strengths Finder is an assessment that measures your real talents.
Knowing your best skills and investing time on practicing and developing those talents are the two main ingredients to building and improve your true strengths and shape your performance to perfection. As a result of taking the assessment, the final comprehensive and very practical report shows what are the best five talent themes, or “strengths”, which are identified out of 34 specific themes. The result also includes explanation and association of your themes, gives you recommendations on how to benefit from them and suggest an action plan for setting and achieving your goals.
This allows you to recognize and appreciate each of your own strengths as well as those of your team members, employees, employers, and others in your work settings. The author Tom Rath includes strengths finding interviews with succeed people and how they use their strengths in their benefit. This makes the report more vivid and most of the time the reader can see himself or herself in the same or similar situation in life. Tom Rath, the author of Strengths Finder 2. 0, believes that “You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are” (Rath).
This statement emphasizes that based on our exceptional personality you have to focus on the qualities in which you are skilled. Tom Rath also stresses the significance of self-awareness as the main step in becoming a better leader, worker, team member or human being in general. Strengths Finder is a great tool that helps people to tremendously increase work output. The reason behind this is that people have a higher level of confidence and their self-assurance increases when they know their strengths.
Also, people are more likely to succeed in their work and feel happier to do their job, when they use their best strengths in an efficient way. Tom Rath’s “Strengths Finder 2. 0” on-line assessment identified that my top five strengths are: Strategic, Focus, Futuristic, Significance, and Learner. I see the Strength Finder Assessment as a great opportunity to get to know my personal strengths and it motivates me to work and practice my talents rather than trying to fix my weaknesses. Looking only at my strengths is a new type of skills-building which allows me to stay focus on my talents.
According to the report, the shared theme description about my first strength theme is, “People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues” (Rath). I can picture myself as a part of this group because when working on a project, I always try to generate as many possible ways to approach and resolve the problem. Often times, my approach is very different than what other people suggest and this allows the group to see the issue from another angle and influence them to think outside of the box.
I usually trust my knowledge, talents, and abilities in detecting and fixing problems. I deliberate numerous solutions before I determine the best course of action. I like asking myself questions because this helps me to work conscientiously to discover alternative paths of action. My next strength is Focus and the report says that, “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, and then act” (Rath). This description fits very well to my persona, because I am a focus driven person and I always prioritize my tasks.
In other words, until I do not complete a required job any optional tasks get less attention. This talent allows me to stay focus on my future goals and strive for a better tomorrow. My Focus strength naturally leads to my third strength theme, which is Futuristic. Tom Rath describes this talent as: “People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future” (Rath). The author suggests that Futuristic people should have personal conversations with Thinkers which will help them to expend their future plans.
I believe that Futuristic has helped me a lot to become who I am and it will keep helping me in the future. For example, my futuristic strength assists me to set clear goals and follow them until their completion. I tend to have a perfect visualization of what an achieved goal should look like at any given moment and I never give up until I am fully satisfied with the result. The entire process of thinking about the future and meeting future goals is an ongoing process since my futuristic mind is always focus on the next challenge.
Sometimes it happens that I cannot be fully satisfied with the present but lately I have been working on that and my Focus talent helps to be more self-aware and focus on cheering my achievement rather than criticizing some little things that are not as perfect as I expected to be. The shared theme description of my next talent is, “People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized” (Rath). This is a great summary of how I experience the Significance strength in my life.
A great example of that is how I handle group projects. Usually, I ask the team members to be responsible for a bigger part of the project which gives me the opportunity to be noticed among the group and recognized for the good job. Another approach that brings me appreciation and respect from the group is when I volunteer to undertake a task that nobody else wants. The last but not least important strength that I have is my Learning theme. In his book “Strengths Finder 2. 0” tom Rath states that, “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” (Rath). I believe that a learner is someone who adores the learning process. I can, of course, link well with this strength since I have been enduring my education already 18 years. After I graduated a technical high school I decided to switch majors and I started my bachelor degree in social studies. During my education, I had the opportunity to come to the United States and gain an Associate Degree from a community college. Right after I graduated the Associate in Art major, I transferred to study marketing at East Carolina University.
I have one semester left to graduate and one of my plans is to continue my education and enroll at one of the Master degrees at East Carolina University. This educational adventure shows my love towards learning and proves my Learning strength. I am driven by my Learning talents and very often I am extremely concentrated on my tasks. Very often I am fully focused on my goal and I totally ignore any external distractions. Sometimes I catch myself reading, testing, researching, or writing with hours until I identify all I want to know about a specific topic. The Learning strength is the reason why I will not take a rest until I have ompletely understood certain theories, stored essential information to my memory, or finished particular progress requirements. All of this show how significant is the Learning strength in my life. In conclusion, I believe that the Strength Assessment tool is very beneficial for the career growth of each person. After completing the test and reviewing the report, I have learned a lot for my personal talents and the different ways I can benefit from them. One of my favorite parts of the report is the strengths interviews with people who have the same talents.
Their explanations of how they are using their talents and turning them into strengths are the best example of using personal strengths in the most efficient way. On the other hand, although the individual reports are planned to be deep, there is still a possibility of categorizing people as one dimensional. For example, when viewing my strengths, which I already described above, I was slightly dissatisfied to find out that – although my talents reflect my personality – they seem to be alike to the results of many other people.
Even though, the assessment does not give a personalized report, it still can be very beneficial since it tells you are top 5 strengths that you have to consider when looking for a career path. For example, I believe that my Strategic, Focus, Futuristic, and Significance are talents that are closely connected and needed for my ideal marketing career and I will keep working on them so I can offer a better skill and strength set on the job market.