How many times have people with the strength of harmony heard..”Oh that’s the kumbaya strength, it’s just a soft skill.” Well, let’s get curious about Harmony and see if indeed it is a Superpower.
Gallup writes if you have Harmony as a strength “you look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold these to a minimum”. Do you know someone with the strength of harmony? Maybe you?
People with harmony are particularly skilled at finding areas of agreement. They masterfully seek balance in relationships and processes. They often strive to move communication towards consensus, understanding, trust and respect.
You’ll know a person with the strength of harmony because he/she tends to be rather calm and even keeled. This trait presents itself in the ability to find common ground within a group. Alignment happens very strategically when there is a person with harmony in the room.
Individuals who have harmony are hard wired to create psychological safety. Psychological Safety results in trust and mutually desirable outcomes. Leaders with harmony often guide teams towards this safety and create the space for people to be courageous and try new things without fear of being judged for trying and even failing.
Like all strengths, harmony can have a dark side that could look like conflict averse, withdrawal, and even avoidance. However, when team members work together to be curious about harmony, it really can become a superpower for a team and organization. Gallup data shows that when this strength is valued there are higher levels of engagement, increased motivation to tackle difficult problems, more learning and development opportunities, and better performance.
During these times where might your organization and community benefit from the superpower of harmony?
Check out this video...does it sound like you? Someone you need on your team?