Here's something to reflect on: if the odds of having the same top five strengths in the exact same order as someone else are one in 33 million, consider how many ways there are to actually put those strengths to use. The way you use your strengths is as unique to you as your strengths are. That's pretty amazing when you stop and think about it.
And in 2021, we asked you to think about it.
We wanted to know how people used their strengths in their careers, leadership roles, families and more. So, we came out with some content to help you do just that. Check out these top articles (and one resource) from 2021 to help you continue to develop your strengths in 2022 and beyond.
1. What We Learned From 25 Million CliftonStrengths Assessments
"Almost 30 years ago, Dr. Don Clifton issued the world a challenge: 'Focus on strengths and manage the weaknesses.' It was a counterintuitive charge. At the time, leaders of all types of organizations believed people could only find success by fixing their weaknesses."
2. How to Be a Better Leader
"Great leaders actually start somewhere else: They start with an awareness of their strengths. They should begin with a goal in mind, communicate the desired outcomes and then identify where they've had success in the past -- and then consider how they'll use those successes to help them now."
3. One Question to Answer Before Deciding Your Career Path
"One of the best ways to end up in the kind of career that earns you respect, recognition, success and happiness is to do more of what you're good at…The exact job you really want is more likely to become clear to you when you understand what you're naturally good at and what brings you the respect you're looking for."
4. Great Leaders Have These Behaviors in Common
"Whether you're a CEO, team leader or entrepreneur, Gallup's science uncovered seven universal behaviors that directly affect performance and big-picture outcomes. In fact, these seven behaviors apply to many roles -- they are crucial behaviors that define a high-performance workplace."
5. Creating Your Own Workplace Wellbeing: A Manager's Guide
"Positive change begins at the most local level: the individual. Before meeting the needs of others, managers can reinforce their own wellbeing by strengthening their connection to their sense of self, to their team and to the company mission. Here's how."
6. How Your Strengths Set You Apart
"In fact, the combinations of talents are so unique that the chance that two people share the same top five CliftonStrengths themes in the same order is an astonishing one in 33 million."
7. Upgrading to CliftonStrengths 34: Is it Worth it?
"[Our talents] represent our innate power, our potential to perform. When we tap into this source of wisdom and power, we are more efficient. We act with more confidence, direction and hope. And, we are more productive."