A couple weeks ago, I took one of those repetitive personality test things. Only this test was different. This one was Strengths Finder. You heard?
My church uses Strengths Finder in its leadership, and it’s frequented our many life groups over the years. I joined my current life group about a year after they took the test, and I didn’t even know about its existence until just a month ago.
Imagine my surprise when my life group leader told me, “Oh, yeah, we all know the 5 most pivotal strengths in our lives and it pretty much sculpts our entire existence! You should probably take the test, too.”
Okay, so he didn’t quite word it like that, but he did hand me my own official Strengths Finder book, and with its unique access code I was able to go online and take my own personal Strengths Finder test. It was a thrilling 175-question test that requires you to answer each question within 10 seconds before it moves to the next question.
No waffling; gut reactions only.
The Strengths Finder questions are formatted so that you choose between which of two options describes you better. Some pairings are naturally opposites (such as: Are you a morning person or a night person?). Other pairings make no sense whatsoever (such as: Do you like meeting new people or would you rather bake a cake?).
The test is amazing, though. Twenty minutes after starting, I joined the rest of my life group and uncovered my 5 most pivotal strengths. Boom.
Strengths Finder is a book and online-questionnaire developed by Gallup, so it’s non-religious in nature. The book comes with detailed descriptions of each strength and “action plans” for furthering said strengths. Its “2.0” version of the test claims to be even more accurate in pinpointing one’s strengths.
Out of 34 assembled strengths, Strengths Finder determined my top-5 strengths to be the following, in this order. ARE YOU GUYS READY?
1. Intellection: one who enjoys thinking and thought-provoking conversation often for its own sake, and also can data compress complex concepts into simplified models
2. Harmony: one who seeks to avoid conflict and achieve success through consensus
3. Input: one who is constantly collecting information or objects for future use
4. Responsibility: one who, inexplicably, must follow through on commitments
5. Empathy: one who is especially in tune with the emotions of others
ME? EMPATHETIC? Hogwash.
Actually, the Strengths Finder test was freakishly spot-on. I am all of those 5 things and then some. (regarding input: How did it know I collect cards/rocks/EVERYTHING?)
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be more closely examining my 5 strengths and blogging about each one. It should be a fun new series and change for my blog, and I look forward to this continued journey of discovering who I am.
In the meantime, have you ever taken Strengths Finder? If so, what are your top-5 strengths? Do we share any in common? If you’ve never read the book or taken the test, I highly recommend the experience! I’d love to hear your strengths.