I just recently returned from warm and sunny Houston where I attended the 2011 Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Emerging Leaders institute (that’s a mouthful, I know…which is why we have acronyms…SWASAP ELI, BTW). At the leadership training we delved into an awesome tool for leadership development, the SrengthsQuest assessment, which correlates with StrengthsFinder 2.0, a book written by Tom Rath.
StrengthsQuest was developed by the Gallup Organization as a a student development and engagement program, and is based on the belief that people are more successful when they focus on improving their strengths as opposed to trying to “fix” their weaknesses! It is a powerful tool for anyone looking to determine the strengths of team members, coworkers, etc.
The assessment takes about 30 minutes and is super easy, and after it is completed you will be given your top five strengths. My top 5 strengths with their description:
1. Woo – Winning Other Over – People strong in the Woo theme have never met a stranger, and love meeting new people and getting them to like you. You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport. (Dead on description of me, FYI)
2. Communication – People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters..
3. Positivity – People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
4. Maximizer – People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
5. Strategic – People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Check it all out at http://www.strengthsquest.com! This can be an amazing tool in analyzing your strengths, and the strengths of your team.