Assessment 1 (Part A): (Word count – up to 500)
Your task in Assessment 1, Part A, is to complete the Gallup Strengths Finder and submit a brief report on the results and their implications for your development as a leader.
When you receive your results, look at your report and read the background document on the Gallup psychometric assessment. You should then prepare a 500-word report which covers the following issues:
1) A brief discussion of the theoretical foundation of the Gallup Strengths Finder (Positive Psychology) and why it is important
2) A brief description of how your results reflect your approach to personal power. Provide a copy of your report as an Appendix. It will not be included in the word count.
3) Your initial reactions to your results: where have you seen these strengths being used in your life to date?
4) Your initial thoughts on the fit between your authentic self (as represented by your strengths) and the way you have approached the university degree for which you are currently studying.
Please note that it is quite difficult to cover these four points in 500 words – pre-plan what you intend to say and revise your work repeatedly to increase the impact of your writing. Avoid unnecessary discussion and ensure every sentence contributes something positive to the discussion, and is aligned with the requirements of the assessment brief.
The Clifton Strengths-Finder from Gallup is an online examination of individual qualities that indicates regions in which the people has the maximum potential for growing strengths (Asplund, Lopez, Hodges, and Harter, 2007). These capabilities are described as “naturally occurring thinking patterns, emotion, or conduct that can be employed constructively” (Hodges & Clifton, 2004). The theory that underpins the feedback provided implies that high performers recognize and develop their skills, as well as identify ways to expand their distinctive qualities to hobbies or employment situations that are a good fit for them. Thus, instead of focusing on areas of relative weakness, the idea is to appreciate and increase one’s own strengths. Strengths-Finder enables to identify one’s own and other team members’ capabilities in order to assign work effectively. Positive psychology is all about finding an individual’s or organization’s abilities and strengths and assisting them in developing and excelling by capitalizing on their talents and strengths. This new paradigm seeks to assist people in flourishing instead of only functioning (Clifton et al., 2002).
The results of the test performed demonstrated my five top-five strengths including; Context, Developer, Analytical, Ideation and Empathy. That is, by solely focusing on these five themes, I can significantly improve my performance at work. Out of these five, four of them (Context, Developer, Analytical, Ideation) reflects that I am a strategic thinker capable of pushing the team overall thinking process for the future. These strengths also showcase that I will be able to easily track down the precise causes of the problem and determine the relevant results and outcomes.
The results obtained are aligned to my expectations. Just like evidently visible from the results, I design future strategies based on the research conducted in the past. By this way I make sure that I don’t repeat the mistakes that I have conducted in my past. Also, in my current role as a leader I strive to continually aspire my team-mates so that I can boost their confidence to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. Moreover, my analytical skills are clearly reflected in the manner in which I address and solve different problems and issues. My each and every decisions are able to generate fruitful results and outcomes because they are backed by appropriate data, information and then logically implemented taking into consideration the impact of each of the probable decision I have in my mind. Instead, my analytical bent of mind and desire to bring practical and impassive outlook to each situation reinforces me to polish my skills and understandings on various concepts which further pushed me to attend a program at the university. I feel this decision of partaking in a university program was the most thoughtful approach that will surely produce numerous short-term and long-term impacts on my future career.
Asplund, J., Lopez, S., Hodges, T., & Harter, J. (2007). The Clifton Strengths Finder technical report: Development and validation. Princeton, NJ: Gallup
Hodges, T. & Clifton, D.O. (2004). Strengths-based development in practice. In A. Linley & S.
Joseph (Eds), Handbook of positive psychology in practice. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Clifton, D.O. & Anderson, E. (2002). StrengthsQuest: Discover and develop your strengths in academics, career, and beyond. Washington, DC: The Gallup Organization.