Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment

 

Cover of "StrengthsFinder 2.0"

Cover of StrengthsFinder 2.0

 

As part of the study of holistic formation, one must determine the qualities and characteristics that would be considered their strengths. In order to enable this evaluation Tom Rath has written Strengths Finder 2.0 where leaders are able to take an online assessment that will sort through thirty-four qualities. While sorting through these characteristics the program will analyze the individuals talent (the natural way of thinking, feeling or behaving) and multiply that with their investment (time spent practicing, developing their skills, and building their knowledge base) with the outcome being their ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance (strengths).[1] The focus of this paper is the outcome of the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment for Jeffrey M. Luchun.

 

Through this strengths evaluation I have been able to identify my top five strengths according to this assessment. Of the thirty-four different qualities that the Strengths Finder assessment sorts through, it was determined that my top five strengths in order of potency are strategic, achiever, adaptability, connectedness, and relator. The remainder of this section will focus on defining each of these strengths and providing a point of application. The strongest of these qualities is being or thinking strategic(ly).

 

Strategic

 

Through assessing my individual talents by my investment, the overwhelming strength identified is being strategic or thinking strategically. Strengths Finder 2.0 defines this as “creating alternative ways to proceed or quickly spotting the relevant patterns and issues in any given scenario.”[2] In my life, this characteristic has materialized through attention to detail, problem solving skills, and the ability to quickly determine the health of any given scenario. The next quality that was identified by this assessment is achiever.

 

Achiever

 

The second highest rated characteristic is that of the achiever. The achiever is not simply one who tries hard or does their best, Rath defines the achiever as “people who have a great deal of stamina, work hard and take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.”[3] In my life, this has manifested itself through the pursuit of education, ministry development, and home renovations. In everything that I attempt, I am not satisfied until I have successfully completed whatever task I have begun. Along with this comes a need for adaptability, which is the next quality of focus.

 

Adaptability

 

The third characteristic identified by the Strengths Finder assessment in my life is that of adaptability. This can be defined as “preferring to ‘go with the flow’, tending to be a ‘now’ person who take things as they come and discovers the future one day at a time.”[4] Adaptability has shown itself in my life through my laid-back attitude and melancholy spirit. When one partners adaptability with being an achiever and strategic thought the strength of adaptability means that I can analyze any given scenario and work diligently to bring about the needed outcomes while taking things as they come. The next strength identified as strength is connectedness.

 

Connectedness

 

The forth strength that was determined by the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment was connectedness. The definition provided by Rath for connectedness is “having faith in the links between all things; believing there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.”[5] It is with this that I am able to identify and provide insight into the most disjointed beliefs while holding on to the two separate ideologies. This is where I see American Christianity needing a tremendous amount of growth and where I hope to provide great assistance. The final strength identified is being a relator.

 

Relator

 

The fifth and final strength that this assessment identified in my life is that of being a relator. According to the assessment, a relator is a “person who enjoys close relationships with others and finds deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.”[6] This provides insight in to my being a team player that enjoys working with others to achieve a goal. Being a relator wraps up the results of the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessments and brings insight to my strengths.

 

Through this assessment, I have been able to determine my overall strengths that provide insight into my leadership and ministry capabilities. These strengths have been defined and applied to my life for the purpose of growth and advancement in leadership and ministry. For this reason, this assessment has helped provide clarity of purpose and ability, while also assisting with the introspection of the author.

 


[1] Rath, Tom. StrengthsFinder 2.0.New York, NY: GALLUP PRESS, 2007.

[2]Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Rath, Tom. StrengthsFinder 2.0.New York, NY: GALLUP PRESS, 2007.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

 

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