Understanding the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance

Have you ever been inspired to be involved in a cause that was much bigger than yourself? Have you ever signed up for something that you were convinced was worthwhile – and then found yourself involved in changing people’s lives in ways you could never have imagined?

If so, you were probably being influenced and lead by a person with the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance.

Definition of the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance

People with the Strength of Significance have a strong desire to make a difference, to live a life that influences other people, to invest themselves in people and causes that will have a lasting impact. The life they live is a life worth living, and they make their choices accordingly.

Because the person with Significance has a strong, internal desire to live life with a difference, they invest themselves fully in what they believe, and will be highly influential in their community and beyond.

Often, people with the theme of Significance seek specific experiences, education and professional opportunities. They look to achieve a level of experience, skill and credibility to have more specific or broader impact. Whatever is needed, the person with the Strength of Significance is willing to give what it takes to make this lasting impact.

People with the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance have a determination to not only live a life of meaning, but to also make significant decisions that have a lasting impact. They do not want to waste their time, make hasty decisions or commit to something just because it is the next “best” thing.

People with Significance are committed and bound to make a difference, and to ensure that this difference is:

  • significant
  • lasting
  • meaningful

People with Significance want to elevate the performance of themselves and others to meet a unique need, discovering something new. The want to raise the water level in the harbor, so that ALL of the ships sit a little higher.

Generative Examples of Significance

There is something rich and new about people with the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance – for they have discovered something worth giving their life to. It is unique to them, but needed by everyone. When this person finds their cause, it is guaranteed to change the lives of people.

They will live life with a calculated and strategic recklessness, making sacrifices and life changes that may baffle the rest of us. But, to the person with Significance, it is all worth it because they know that without them, lives would not be changed.

Examples of Significance

We have a friend who has the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance. He wakes up each morning with a sense of desire to make a difference in other people’s lives and in the world. He has committed his life to living with a difference with his own abilities, with his family and with his career. He carefully and specifically makes decisions that have both an impact now and leaves a legacy to remember.

Your Significance

Do you have the StrengthsFinder theme of Significance in your top 5? What about these descriptors resonate with you? Share examples below that may help others understand this theme better.