This past week, I attended the Out In Front Fellowship Orientation. ( Out in Front is a fellowship that strives to elevate the voices of LGBTQ individuals in the Seattle are and mold community leaders. Check out their website here: http://www.outinfrontseattle.org/)
For homework before our Retreat next week, we were given copies of the book, “Strengths Based Leadership” by Tom Rath and were assigned to take the accompanying assessment to pinpoint our top five strengths. Since accepting my position at Keithley Middle School, I have been very interested in becoming more self-aware- so this assignment was a welcomed one!
Here are my results from the quiz:
Driven by your talents, you generally present yourself to others as a no-nonsense person. People
soon figure out you prefer to work or study by yourself. It’s very likely that you often are described as
an industrious, no-nonsense person. When you have a goal, you aim to reach it. When you have a
problem to solve, you first break it into parts. When you have a major decision to make, you study all
the facts from a variety of angles. Chances are good that you are a no-nonsense person. This
explains why you spend time thinking about things you could and should review, revise, repair,
reorganize, or do better. Because of your strengths, you are highly selective about how much you
reveal to anyone about your history, future intentions, or current affairs. Consistently you refrain from
intruding on people’s privacy. Why? You realize this puts you in the position of being asked and
expected to answer very personal questions. Typically you let others begin conversations. This is not
your forte — that is, strong point. Perhaps you are content just to listen and observe. You probably
prefer to keep your thoughts to yourself. By nature, you are a reserved individual. You usually keep
personal matters to yourself. This is apt to explain why you are much more comfortable launching
projects than you are talking about your experiences and accomplishments.
It’s very likely that you regularly expand your knowledge base. You aim to deepen your expertise
about historic rivalries and global influences that ignited major wars. By nature, you enjoy having
opportunities to think with people who reflect on past events. Why? They can relay — that is, pass
along — information that helps you put the words and deeds of people in their proper perspective.
Because of your strengths, you gravitate to people who love to think about and talk about the past.
Your taste in books and other written materials often leads you to the history sections of bookstores,
libraries, or Internet sites. Your passion for reading about humankind’s ever-unfolding story allows you
to feel quite comfortable in the presence of knowledgeable historians. Driven by your talents, you are
quite intrigued by history’s significant events and people. Information about global conflicts fascinates
you. Instinctively, you usually turn to historians for information about the past. You consciously narrow
your quest for knowledge to precise topics or eras.
By nature, you are drawn to the process of gaining knowledge and skills. You long to build on what
you already know. You yearn to improve on what you already can do. When you meet people who
value education as much as you do, you are eager to hear about their personal or professional ambitions, intentions, or goals. Understanding what others aim to accomplish in the coming weeks,
months, or years can be the beginning of a practical partnership or an enduring friendship. Driven by
your talents, you continually sharpen your methods for adding new words to your everyday vocabulary
as well as your academic or professional vocabulary. You frequently use sophisticated terminology to
make sure people who are well-educated about a topic or an issue really listen to what you say. It’s
very likely that you enjoy being well-read. Not surprisingly, you can introduce more questions,
suggestions, solutions, or innovative ideas into group conversations than most participants can.
Instinctively, you are the type of person who maps out trips, projects, or agendas well ahead of time.
Your detailed preparation usually involves a lot of reading. Fortunately, you devour the printed word
with the same passion that someone heartily interested in food savors a delicious meal. Chances are
good that you probably enjoy reading self-improvement books. Tips, exercises, suggestions,
questions, or resource lists tend to capture your interest when the topic aligns with your needs. Using
the information you collect, you frequently concentrate your mental and physical energy on performing
a task or using a skill better than you ever have in the past.
By nature, you have acquired valuable skills and knowledge. You spend time considering numerous
courses of action before choosing one. You invent original and innovative techniques for dealing with
expected and unexpected challenges. You use the same approach to take advantage of promising
opportunities. It’s very likely that you usually identify problems others fail to notice. You repeatedly
create solutions and find the right answers. You yearn to improve things about yourself, other people,
or situations. You are drawn to classes, books, or activities that promise to give you the skills and
knowledge you seek. Driven by your talents, you customarily pinpoint the core problems and identify
the best solutions. You artfully and skillfully eliminate distractions. This helps people gain a clear
understanding of what is happening and why it is happening. You frequently identify ways to transform
an obstacle into an opportunity. Chances are good that you can design innovative plans. You
probably raise issues and identify recurring obstacles as you generate tactical options. Problems and
possible solutions become apparent to you. Once you outline action steps, you quickly execute them
one by one. You refuse to waste time questioning your ideas after everything has been set into
motion. Because of your strengths, you work diligently to invent alternative courses of action. You
notice new as well as unusual configurations in facts, evidence, or data. Others, however, can see
only separate, unrelated bits of information. You are fascinated by problems that puzzle, confound, or
frustrate most people.
Driven by your talents, you are motivated to continually acquire knowledge and skills. Discovering
new ways to use your talents energizes you. You are likely to escape from situations and avoid
people who want you to keep doing what you already know how to do well. Maintaining an intellectual
status quo is unacceptable to you. Instinctively, you value education and scholarship at any level and
at any age. Your thirst for knowledge causes you to explore many topics of study or specialize in one
particular subject. You thoroughly enjoy opportunities to acquire additional information, skills, and experiences. It’s very likely that you enjoy pondering what you can revise, correct, renovate, upgrade,
or relocate. When you are curious about a person, event, topic, project, activity, or idea, you devote
much energy and time to studying it. Because of your strengths, you desire to take in additional facts,
data, or background information. These insights probably permit you to assist others whenever the
opportunity presents itself. Chances are good that you channel your efforts into the task at hand. You
persevere until you have gained the knowledge and skills needed to attain a goal. You can toil for
many hours to secure your objective. You probably work hardest and most productively at a particular time of day.
Me being me, I explored the rest of Gallup’s website and also took the Positive Impact Quiz. Here are my results:
Positive Impact Report
Your score on the Positive Impact Test is:
Your Positive Impact Test score is a percentile ranking that can range from 0 to 98. This type of score compares your responses to those of a reference group. For example, if your score is 80, you scored higher than 80% of the individuals in the reference group.
The reference group that your score is compared to is made up of respondents to a Gallup Poll of 1,010 national adults, aged 18 and over. The poll was conducted June 3-8, 2003 and has a margin of sampling error of ±3 percentage points. (To learn more about how Gallup Polls are conducted, visit http://www.gallup.com.)
What does this score mean?
Your score indicates how much bucket filling you do compared to others. To determine the level of positive impact you have on your environment, see how your score corresponds to the impact levels below. Don’t be concerned if your score is low at first. This assessment was designed to provide you with a measure for continuous improvement. Take the Positive Impact Test again in a few months — or as often as you like — to see if your score has improved.
What else can I do?
Consider printing the Positive Impact Test statements, and use them as your guide for increasing your positive impact. Invite your friends to take the Positive Impact Test to see how your score compares to theirs.
Low Impact (0-26)
Although you might not be actively bucket dipping — taking from others’ positive emotion — you probably are not doing much to make things better.
The good news is that you have ample room for improvement. There are countless things you can do to improve your score and boost the positive emotions in your environment. With a little effort, you can change your behavior dramatically.
Some Impact (27-84)
Even though you are doing some things to improve positive emotion in your environment, you can do more. When you interact with others, you sometimes fill their buckets. Why not work toward filling their buckets most of the time?
Think about ways to fill someone else’s bucket. Can you start doing some of these things right away? What can you do every day that would fill at least one person’s bucket?
High Impact (85-98)
Congratulations! You are making a major difference. When you interact with friends, family members, and colleagues, you fill their buckets. And when you fill their buckets, you inspire them to fill someone else’s bucket.
The impact from your top-notch bucket filling goes further than you may realize. Remain vigilant, and always look for new ways to increase positive emotion. Others will look to you and follow your lead.
Throughout these exercises, I’ve come to realize how important it is to identify one’s strengths and weakness and to develop a plan to improve them. Being self-aware is the first step in becoming an effective leader! I encourage everyone, regardless of their field, to explore Rath’s books and quizzes.