Leadership Strengths

1. Includer

People exceptionally talented in the Includer theme accept others. They show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them. “Stretch the circle wider.” People with strong Includer talents center their lives on this philosophy. They want to include people and make them feel like part of the group. They notice people who feel like outsiders or who feel unappreciated, and they reach out to bring them in. They instinctively accept others. Regardless of race, gender, nationality, personality or faith, Includers cast few judgments. Their accepting nature doesn’t necessarily rest on the belief that we are all different and that one should respect those differences — rather, it rests on the conviction that fundamentally we are all the same. We are all equally important. Thus, no one should be ignored. Each of us should be included.

2. Futuristic

People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future. People with strong Futuristic talents love to peer over the horizon. They are fascinated by the future. They anticipate and imagine in detail what tomorrow could or should be. They usually see the future positively. While the details of the picture will depend on their other strengths and interests — a better product, a better team, a better life or a better world — it will always inspire them. This vision energizes themselves and others. They can paint a picture of the future for their team members.

3. Input

People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships. People with strong Input talents are inquisitive and always want to know more. They crave information. They might collect ideas, books, memorabilia, quotations or facts. Whatever they collect, they do so because it interests them. They find many things interesting and have a natural curiosity. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. A few minutes spent surfing the internet may turn into hours once their curiosity takes off. They constantly acquire, compile and file things away. Their pursuits keep their minds fresh. They know that one day the information or things they’ve gathered will prove valuable.

4. Learner

People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. People with strong Learner talents constantly strive to learn and improve. The process of learning is just as important to them as the knowledge they gain. The steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence energizes Learners. The thrill of learning new facts, beginning a new subject and mastering an important skill excites people with dominant Learner talents. Learning builds these people’s confidence. Having Learner as a dominant theme does not necessarily motivate someone to become a subject-matter expert or strive for the respect that accompanies earning a professional or academic credential. The outcome of learning is less significant than the “getting there.”

5. Harmony

People exceptionally talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. People with strong Harmony talents want peace and try to bring others together. In their view, little is gained from conflict and friction, so they seek to hold these to a minimum. Those with strong Harmony talents see what people have in common, even during conflict. They try to steer others away from confrontation and toward reconciliation. In fact, Harmony is one of their guiding values. They seek to help individuals, families and organizations work together. When others argue, they steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters that everyone can agree on.

* Sourced from Gallup Strengths Finder