Over the next few weeks, we’ll share one Strengths-Based question to ponder in the week ahead. This is episode two in a four-week series. We hope these questions will be practical; one thing to focus on as you develop your awareness of how your Themes of Strength operate. These questions are perfect for discussion with a friend, team, or even your entire organization. Here’s the question for this week: What two strengths did you use in a conversation with a colleague or employee this week? What was the result? Listen now to begin your reflection!
Author: Steph Wahlund
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A common misconception about Strengths is that they show up in the same way for everyone. If two people share the Theme of Competition, you might assume they both love to win no matter what. But this is definitely not always the case! Leadership Vision has written in depth about how certain behaviors may point to a Strength, but we caution against broad statements that prescribe a Strength to always show up through certain behaviors. In today’s post, Steph recounts her interview with Logan and Brian, and compares and contrasts their Strength of Competition. See what you can learn!
Have you ever felt frustrated with a friend or colleague because their Strengths were different than yours? Maybe you didn’t have the language of Strengths, but there was something fundamentally different in how they communicated, organized, or related to the world from you. Too often we just find ourselves growing more and more frustrated and annoyed with those people, rather than taking the time to see how our differences may actually benefit one and other. Steph writes about one simple way to overcome this.
At Leadership Vision, we believe that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have strengths in all four domains. We believe there is no such as thing as ‘Strengths Balance’ or having the ‘right’ set of Strengths. Instead, we choose to focus on the generative side of Strengths, not the degenerative or “dark side,” a descriptive versus a prescriptive approach to Strengths that doesn’t put people in boxes, and we believe that Strengths are always working and pairing together.