According to the assessment my top 5 strengths (out of 34) are:
1. RESTORATIVE - adept at dealing with problems; good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
2. EMPATHY - can sense the feelings of other people by imagining yourself in others' lives or their situations.
3. DELIBERATIVE - best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices; they anticipate obstacles.
4. CONNECTEDNESS - have faith in the links between all things; believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
5. INTELLECTION - characterized by their intellectual activity; they are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
The assessment then shows how these top 5 strengths fit into the four domains of leadership which they believe to be: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking. Most people have strengths spread over more than one domain, but the idea is that we should try to build our leadership team in such a way that each area is covered by someone. According to my assessment, my strength themes fit into the four domains this way:
- Executing (Restorative, Deliberative)
- Relationship Building (Empathy, Connectedness)
- Strategic Thinking (Intellection)
Notice that I scored a big fat zero in the "influencing" domain. This apparently means I have no ability to influence people, but I am better at 'executing', 'relationship building' and 'strategic thinking.'
At first I wasn't so sure about my assessment results. I have never really thought of myself as a good problem-solver type or relationship-builder. However, I am warming to the idea. I also might try to take the assessment again, to see if I get different results. Monday morning is probably not the best time for me to do things like this. I will also add some thoughts on the book later too. I was much more leery of the assessment before reading the book. I felt a little better after. I just struggle a little bit with organizational leadership stuff in general, and I think the small church is way different than a business model. I also think I sometimes function better when I don't analyze myself, because I can tend to get overwhelmed easily by what I am not doing, and I have a hard time thinking about the fact that I can do anything very well. So... you know... there ya go.
Peace out; and in.