StrengthsQuest is a tool that provides the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what a person does best – the way they most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. By providing an individual’s top five strengths, this self assessment tool assists people in discovering and building upon the things that will make them most successful. This philosophy is a concept that I have found to be beneficial in helping to foster and maintain successful team and group dynamics as it allows every member to contribute in the way that best suits them. 


Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.


Instinctively, you are delighted to read more about topics with which you are already familiar. Accumulating additional information about these issues and subjects makes more sense to you than venturing off into areas about which you know very little. Chances are good that you automatically reflect on all the good people, events, experiences, or opportunities you have encountered in life. You frequently pause to consider everything for which you are grateful. You probably avoid individuals who seldom say “thank you” or rarely express appreciation. They think there is a scarcity of good things in life. You, on the other hand, think there is an overwhelming abundance of good things to enjoy. By nature, you may prefer to read, write, and ponder philosophies, theories, or concepts that interest you. You might prefer to be alone with your thoughts rather than engage people in small talk at a social event. Because of your strengths, you tend to read books, journals, correspondence, or Internet sites that feature trends and offer predictions for the future. You want to be as informed as possible about what lies ahead in the coming months, years, or decades. Even so, knowledge about potential problems, difficulties, or issues can be distressing and disturbing. It can raise your anxiety level. Driven by your talents, you regularly examine your thought processes and personal experiences to understand yourself better. You prefer to let someone else engage people in serious dialogue or small talk. When you have something valuable to say, you join in the discussion. Otherwise, you are likely to
simply listen. 


You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you can be energized by it. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. You may prefer practical problems or conceptual ones or personal ones. You may seek out specific kinds of problems that you have met many times before and that you are confident you can fix. Or you may feel the greatest push when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. Your exact preferences are determined by your other themes and experiences. But what is certain is that you enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory. Intuitively, you know that without your intervention, this thing—this machine, this technique, this person, this company—might have ceased to function. You fixed it, resuscitated it, rekindled its vitality. Phrasing it the way you might, you saved it.


Driven by your talents, you demonstrate an ease with language. You effortlessly verbalize your thoughts. You relish the opportunity to share your insights. You derive pleasure from actively participating in conversations when group members propose ideas, seek solutions, or debate issues. Chances are good that you may be a self-reliant person who needs time alone to think or work. You periodically generate innovative ideas and propose systematic programs of action. Perhaps you can identify certain recurring configurations in the behavior of people, the functioning of processes, or the emergence of potential problems. Because of your strengths, you sometimes know what has gone wrong. You try to uncover facts. Perhaps you are not intimidated by an overwhelming amount of information. Like a detective, you might sort through it, attempting to identify pieces of evidence. Following a few leads, you might begin to see the big picture. Maybe you generate schemes for solving the problem. You might choose the best option after considering some of the prevailing circumstances, available resources, or desired outcomes. It’s very likely that you probably feel very good about yourself and life in general when you know the exact words to express an idea or a feeling. Language has fascinated you since childhood. Your ever-expanding vocabulary often earns you compliments. Instinctively, you have no difficulty finding the right words to express your ideas. You are quite comfortable talking about ways to make people or things more complete, perfect, or excellent. 


It’s very likely that you might introduce selected people to technical or specialized fields by instructing them in the language used by experts. Perhaps you help people add intricate, elaborate, or hard-tounderstand words to their vocabularies. Once trainees have mastered key terms and phrases, they may be prepared to study the subject in depth. As you share your knowledge with others, sometimes you gain insights and make discoveries. This is one aspect of training you might enjoy. Instinctively, you may thrive in certain situations where you have an opportunity to put your talents, knowledge, and skills to the test. As the contest approaches, you might feel an urgency to study, investigate, observe, or practice your craft, sport, or skill. Perhaps you find it hard to settle for anything less than the title of grand champion, best performer, or “number one.” Because of your strengths, you try to collect straightforward and precise words. Sometimes your enthusiasm for language causes you to expand your vocabulary. You might like to talk or write about philosophies, ideas, or theories that have not been proved or plans that have not been put into practice yet. Acquiring sophisticated terminology may be play for you, not work. Perhaps an unexpected chance to use these words in real life gives you satisfaction. By nature, you yearn to dedicate sufficient time and energy to all the important parts of your life, such as personal growth, professional responsibilities, family obligations, friends, health, and mental stimulation. Reading about topics that interest you or fiction that spellbinds — that is, fascinates — you is apt to be a factor in your quality-of-life equation. Chances are good that you might go through life gleaning bits of information to add to your storehouse of knowledge. Perhaps this partially satisfies your need to expand your thinking as well as broaden your skills. Rarely a stranger to hard work and long hours, you attempt to reinforce your grasp of a subject by reading, studying, discussing, or writing about it. From time to time, you may practice honing — that is, sharpening — a particular ability.