As a part of my job, my colleagues and I were asked to take a StrengthsQuest test that helps us determine what our areas of strengths are and how that effects what we do, how we do it and how we work with others. I learned about this first from my friend and colleague Ana. At her job interview, she described herself as a WOO which stands for Winning Others Over. Basically, the description says you enjoy meeting new people and winning them over, making them like you. After meeting Ana, I definitely wanted to be a WOO. She was charming and engaging and, well, who WOULDN’T like Ana?
So, I took my test and, unfortunately, I am not a WOO. I’m not surprised. While I like to meet new people and I certainly want them to like me, I don’t possess the typical WOO personality. What amazed me is that a test with such simple questions seemed to identify me so well in less than 30 minutes. Kudos to the people who develop such tests, they’re very smart.
So, my top 5 Strengths (themes) were:
Individualization, Strategic, Activator, Connectedness, Learner
In a nutshell, here’s what that means about me:
Individualization means that I am “intrigued with the unique qualities of each person and have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.”
Strategic means that “given any scenario, I can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues and create alternative ways to proceed.”
Activator means that “I can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. It also means I am often impatient.”
Connectedness means that “I have faith in the links between all things. There are few coincidences and that almost everything has a reason.”
Learner means that “I have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites people like me.”
The report goes into a great deal of detail, all of which is interesting when you start thinking about how that assessment dovetails with your work, your actions and your relationships. Tomorrow we’ll meet as a leadership group and compare what we’ve learned and talk with an expert who will tell us how best we can use all this new knowledge about ourselves.
Sure am glad to know there’s a reason I’m bossy and impatient! 🙂