I started a new job back in April and on my first day they gave me a copy of the book: Strengthfinders 2.0 and it basically assesses and identifies your top five strengths, most people don't even know what their strengths are much less how to use them. It teaches you how to focus on and build upon your strengths rather than working on or fixing weaknesses. So I read the book and then I took the online assessment and these are my top five strengths:
1. Ideation -Fascinated by ideas. Likes to play devils advocate, always tries to appear confident and polished. Perceived as knowledgeable, trustworthy and accomplished. Has a rich vocabulary, sound reasoning and enjoys doing things most people have never even considered. Takes on the responsibility of making strangers, newcomers or outsiders fit in and feel comfortable.
2. Strategic - Create alternate ways to proceed. Good at taking notes and accumulating lots of information. Fascinated by language makes it effortless to verbalize thoughts. Easily pinpoints problems and identify best solutions.
3. Adaptability - Discover the future as it comes. Takes in the world's loveliness and discover uniqueness in common objects, ordinary people and everyday experiences. Flexible when dealing with change, doesn't stick to a schedule so well, prefers to deal with things as they come.
4. Relator - Enjoys close relationships with others. Likes to share knowledge and skills with others and specializes in making things, theories, processes simple to understand. Describes things in a way that everyone can understand.
5. Command - Can take control of a situation and make decisions. Self-sufficient, assertive and bold. Motivates others with passion moving ideas into action. Often influences the actions of others.
I'm pretty sure these are extremely accurate although I was surprised, I would have guessed a different top five for myself.
There are 34 strengths, here's the full list: