Strengths Insights Part 9: Harmony
Welcome to Part 9 of the Strengths Insight Series. Each week we look at a different Strength from the Gallup StrengthsFinder® framework. Reading these posts will give you an insight into those you work and live with.
You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum. When you know that people around you hold differing views, you look for the common ground. You attempt to steer them away from confrontation and towards harmony. In fact, harmony is one of you guiding values.
You can’t quite believe how much time is wasted by people trying to impose their views on others. Wouldn’t we all be more productive if we kept our opinions concealed and instead looked for consensus and support? You believe we would, and you live by that belief. When others are sounding off about their goals, their claims, and their fervently held opinions, you hold your peace.
When other strike out in a direction, you willingly modify your own objectives to merge with theirs, as long as their basic values do not clash with yours.
When others argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down to earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat. It is a good boat. There is no need to rock it, just to show that you can.
In the framework, “The evolution of an idea”, Harmony is most powerful for the Host and sometimes in the Producer.
- The Host is all about having everybody feeling like they are an equal, getting along with each other and having a good time.
- Where production requires close teamwork Harmony is helpful, however in highly competitive sales teams for example, a Producer with Harmony will be tormented.
Tips for Maximising your Harmony Strength
- In discussions seek to understand the bigger principles that everyone can agree on. Help people to see the significance of the principles in the particular situation.
- Build a network of people with different perspectives for their specific expertise. Your Harmony strength will help to bring them together.
- Avoid roles that require competitiveness.
- When two people are arguing invite the perspective of other people.
- Develop processes in your daily reflection that affirm you. Because you probably don’t win debates it is easy for you let your perception of your magnificence diminish.
Managing people who have Harmony in their top 5 strengths.
- Keep them away from conflict.
- Surround them with other people who are strong in Harmony.
- Don’t waste time discussing controversial subjects. They won’t be creative or able to accept responsibility for outcomes.
- Be aware that he or she may not speak their truth if they think it will defy you. Create a bigger space for them to express their perspective.
How many New Zealand Men and Women have Harmony in their Top 5?
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