Understanding the Strategic Thinking Domain of CliftonStrengths
The 34 CliftonStrengths themes sort into four domains, or categories. Learn more about the eight themes that comprise the Strategic Thinking domain, introduced in Gallup's bestselling book Strengths Based Leadership and uncovered by the CliftonStrengths assessment.
An Introduction to the Strategic Thinking Domain Themes
Every team needs people who keep everyone focused on what could be. People who devote their time and talents to understand what is necessary to routinely put their team in the position to succeed.
High-performing teams rely on people with strong Strategic Thinking themes to absorb and analyze information that informs better decisions.
When your team needs to become more creative and innovative, look to people with the following Strategic Thinking themes. They can stretch the team's thinking for the future and inspire new ideas that can lead to high performance.
People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all of the factors that might affect a situation.
People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.
People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.
People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
How to Develop Strong Teams Using the Strategic Thinking Domain of CliftonStrengths
The best teams are made up of individuals who understand their own -- and others' -- unique contributions to the team.
Sure, you want a team whose collective CliftonStrengths are relatively well-balanced.
But as noted in Strengths Based Leadership, building a team with the right mix of CliftonStrengths is just the starting point.
Awareness of team members' strengths is far more predictive of team engagement and performance than the composition of a team's strengths.
So, how can you empower your team members to develop and apply their CliftonStrengths and appreciate their teammates' strengths?
Purchase the CliftonStrengths assessment for your team members to understand how strong the Strategic Thinking themes and all the 34 CliftonStrengths are among your team.
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