Can you name your character strengths? Your talent strengths? If so, what does beauty have to do with character and talent?
As a Gallup Certified Coach I work with individuals and teams to unlock their talent strengths through the use of the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment. Awareness of one’s strengths and talents can lead to higher productivity, better health and wellness, and enhanced communication and relationships. Over 24 million people have taken the assessment and reported: “It has helped me get crystal clear about who I am” and ” I can be BOLD in how I am wired.”
Strengths Finder empowers people to be their best and do their best.
VIA Character Strengths on the other hand measures your character. Walt Whitman once wrote, “Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.” Character is part of your personality that other people tend to admire, respect and cherish.
When you know your character strengths it can help you find balance, shift your focus from negative to positive, and help you from being overly self critical.
I recently took the VIA Character Strengths assessment and found my number one character strength is Beauty. Like many people with this result my first question was “how do I leverage that as a leader ?” I then looked at my #2 strength, spirituality. Not sure what to do with that either!
As I read my results, I learned that these are transcendence strengths. These are the strengths that help you connect to the larger universe and provide meaning. Spirituality and Beauty are all about noticing beauty in people and places and discovering sense of purpose.
As a coach, I help people to be their best, thrive in their work and community, and to clarify their purpose to family, friends, and society at large. It brings me joy because I can see the beauty in individuals emerge as they understand their greatest talents and strengths.
What is the beauty of you exploring your Talent and Character Strengths? Let me know what how you think your VIA and Clifton Strengths results work together.
Oh in case you wondered, my third strength is curiosity!