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1. What are your top themes, and what are the patterns of behavior that result?
According to Gallup (2016), The Strengths-Based Leadership Guide reveals my top five
themes to be Achiever, Connectedness, Intellection, Deliberative, and Learner.
Achievers instinctively strive to do things right and see shortcuts as unprincipled,
thoughtless, and careless. Typically refusing to produce sloppy work or to engage in unethical
practices, the chances are good that Achievers will put forth much effort and expend a lot of
energy whenever they work or study. Usually, Achievers question whether they could have
accomplished more than they did, thus, their restless drive to excel motivates them to be highly
productive each day.
Leaders who are connected with their teams encourage diversity and refrain from being
surrounded by people like themselves (Gallup, 2016). By welcoming all kinds of people into
their circle of friends, family, and acquaintances, they bond with individuals without expecting
them to conform to my way of thinking, working, or living. However, they hold tightly to their
core values because their values are the foundation of their internal moral compass. By nature,
these leaders accept individuals as they are, not as they wish them to become because they sense
a bond that exists among all people. This bond transcends race, religion, sex, creed, and
nationality, inextricably linking all of us together in an inexplicable way (Borek, Lovett, &
Towns, 2005, pp. 183-185).
By nature, Intellections have an active mind and examine new ideas and unfamiliar points
of view. As a lifelong student they are their own best teachers (Gallup, 2016). Driven by their
talents, they greatly enjoy reading and are often found studying to acquire simple facts or to
deepen their understanding of a favorite topic. Because they tend to be well-read, Intellections
routinely enjoy dialogue with intelligent people to better understand the current state of affairs,
choosing to converse with individuals who are pursuing new ideas or other innovative insights.
Leaders identified as Deliberative generally feel good about the quality of their lives as
long as they get to choose the people whom they befriend (Gallup, 2016). They put much
thought into making each selection because they prefer to have a few close and trustworthy
friends rather than many acquaintances. Driven by their talents, Intellections only give
compliments when certain a person deserves recognition. Flattery is not their style; honesty and
sincerity are. Therefore, Intellections think long and hard before acknowledging someones
achievements or contributions. Working diligently to separate their private life from your public
life, Intellections are careful about what they say, intentionally avoiding discussions about their
personal problems, successes, finances, work, or history. Intellections customarily remain silent
rather than join conversations that involve the sharing of intimate or personal information,
generally trying to change the topic altogether. However, when those attempts are unsuccessful
they are likely to excuse themselves from those discussions (Gallup, 2016).
By nature, Learners are excited to discover new facts about historic events and key
people, commonly relying on experts who have conducted in-depth research on various periods
of history. Over a lifetime they have increased their knowledge by being kept in the information
loop, gravitating towards people who converse about ideas at a deeper and more thoughtful level
than most individuals are capable of doing (Gallup, 2016). Engaging in idle conversation seems