In Unit 5, we discussed the Clifton’s Strengths Finder assessment, as well as the reading that went along with it. The class thought about how the system worked and the benefits and constraints of the model. The assessment is used to determine strengths of the subject and kicked back to help them find their role in the team and to better understand areas of strength.
This assessment has been helpful for me in multiple ways, starting with my employment and branching to school work and group work. My strengths are Ideation, Communication, Woo, Restorative, and Context. I am able to take these strengths that I have been introduced to, per say, and apply them during tasks. I know while I am out at the fields that I am able to come up and start a dialogue with participants as well as officials, and have been able to more efficiently evaluate by using my strength of communication. I also realize that one of my strengths is restorative, but that I have to hold it in check to make sure I am holding my constructive criticism for after the game.
In knowing that Ideation, Communication, and Woo are all strengths, I have become more open to acknowledging that I have good ideas for a team and that I can communicate them effectively. My teammates all commented on the fact that I have good ideas for going forward, and that is a testament to the Strengths Finder assessment in helping develop my strengths based leadership.
You could consider the fact that weaknesses are no longer focused on a weakness in itself, but so long as you don’t forget the areas you are weak in and understand how to effectively use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses, you can be even more efficient at whatever task you are trying to accomplish, making this system very effective when handled correctly and applying common sense.