What You Need to Know About the Four Domains of Strength (Podcast)

Welcome to the next installment of the Leadership Vision Podcast, where we share our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder. Today on the show, Brian Schubring and I are talking about how, why, and when we use the four domains of Strength. Domains organize the 34 Themes of Strengths into four major categories which are Thinking, Relating, Influencing, and Executing.

Before we get into the show notes, here is a brief overview of each domain:

The Four Domains of Strength

The themes in the Thinking domain are best used when you need to create a plan or a new idea for solving a problem. Whether it’s thinking into a current issue or dreaming about how to overcome tomorrow’s concerns, the thinking themes can take a thought or idea and look for the best way to move forward.

The Relating Themes, while not the only themes that deal with people (because they’re all about people), have an innate ability to consider the human variables into an equation. They look at how individuals fit into the bigger picture and can create pathways for them to thrive. They make lasting relational connections that bind a group together around a cause, idea, or each other.

The third domain is all about Influencing Themes which enable individuals or groups to sell big ideas. They can take charge, speak up, and make their voice heard. They are extremely helpful when you need to reach a broader audience or meet a bigger goal.

Finally, we have the Executing Themes which some say are the hardest working of the bunch. They tend to get things done with speed, precision, and accuracy. They put in the hard work so that when it’s time to move, everyone’s ready.

Show Notes

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the Domains of Strength are and how to use them.
  • When NOT to use the four Domains of Strength.
  • What to do if the majority of your Themes of Strength are in one Domain.
  • How to efficiently use the Domains of Strength to help your team thrive.
  • Recent statistics on global frequency.

RELATED: How The Four Domains of Strength are Organized.

When we introduce the language of Strengths to a group, we do so using the four domains of strength. Brian says the reason we do this is,

…we believe that when you recognize the dominance of one domain or the absence of one domain, that leads to a conversation that would not happen if we did not introduce the idea of the domains of strength.

It is also an easy way to help people better understand the uniqueness that their Themes bring at a high level.


Subscribe to the Leadership Vision Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. Thanks again to Logan Joyce for sharing his insight and wisdom about Strengths and values and how to apply them to intergenerational settings. Logan is a new dad, and at the time of that recording, his daughter was just a few months old. For being quite sleep deprived, he was incredibly articulate as always. Thanks, Logan. I look forward to working with him more in the coming year.

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About The Leadership Vision Podcast

The Leadership Vision Podcast is a weekly show sharing our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder. Leadership Vision uses StrengthsFinder to work with People, Teams, and Culture. We believe that knowing your Top 5 Strengths is only the beginning. In fact, our highest potential exists in the ongoing exploration of our talents.