Strengths Insight 5: Command
Welcome to Part 5 of the Strengths Insight Series. Each week we look at a different Strength Theme from theGallup StrengthsFinder® framework. Reading these posts will give you an insight into those you work with and live with.
Command, the talent that allows us to direct things to be done, is a virtue, although often misunderstood.
Like any personal strength, Command applied in the wrong context becomes a vice. However in times of rapid change or crisis Command is essential.
As our world becomes more complex, resources more scarce, and social tensions mount, it will help us to understand the role of people with Command.
It was explained to me by the commander of Westpoint the American Army Academy. He explained that in peace-time, on the parade ground, collaborative leadership produces the best results. When the bullets fly in combat, soldiers need people with who can give commands and be obeyed. There is no time for niceties in war.
The analogy in civilian life is; if somebody truly understands what I genuinely need to progress on my pathway, some Command is good. The salesman who has Command and is of honourable intention, ie he does really understand what I need, can help me buy something I need, but do not, with my current understanding want.
StrengthsFinder® engenders collaboration by helping people see how they are magnificent because of their strengths. When we know how to apply our strengths to good effect we get to see that every strength is vital for a team to be highly effective … provided there is a culture of collaboration.
People exceptionally talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions. People who do not appreciate this strength might think they are bossy and dictatorial.
How many Men and Women have Command in their Top 5?
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