Strengths Insights Part 17: Includer
Welcome to Part 17 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.
Includer – Relationship Building
“Stretch the circle wider”. This is the philosophy around which you orientate your life. You want to include people and make them feel part of the group. In direct contrast to those who are drawn only to exclusive groups, you actively avoid those groups that exclude other, whether intentionally of inadvertently. You want to expand them so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support. You hate the sight of someone on the outside looking in. You want to draw them in so they can feel the warmth of the group. You an instinctively accepting person. Regardless of race or sex or nationality or personality or faith you cast few judgments. Judgements can hurt a person’s feelings. Why do that if don’t have to? Your accepting nature does not necessarily rest on a belief that each of us is different and that one should respect these differences. Rather it rests on your conviction that fundamentally we are all the same. We are all equally important. Thus, no one should be ignored. Each of us should be included. It is the least we all deserve.
The framework, “The Evolution of an Idea” helps leaders and managers to build a team of diverse and complimentary people. In essence an organisation’s purpose is to reveal and develop ideas into valuable service to mankind. The framework helps people fit in so their contribution is valued.
Includer is a vital strength for the Host. The Host’s very purpose is to include people, make them feel welcome. The host knows everybody in the community is equally important even though they may not be able to contribute technically. The host makes an organisation attractive emotionally and in spirit creating a great pool of energy for the leader to appy and talent for the Rationaliser to source technical capability.
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Tips for maximising the value of your Includer Strength.
- Choose roles that require you to be constantly working with and interacting with people. You will enjoy the challenge of making everybody feel important.
- Consider roles that will require you to represent the voice of those people who are not normally heard.
- Look for leadership roles where you can bring together people of diverse cultures and backgounds.
- Help with induction processes and welcoming new comers to the social spaces of your organisation.
- Help your colleagues to be more inclusive.
- Partner with someone who has Activator or Command theme. They will help you deliver news that might hurt someone’s feelings.
- Take every opportunity to explain what we have in common. Help others understand that to respect the differences amongs us (our diversity) we must begin by appreciating what we all share (our similarity)
Managing people who have Includer in their Top 5 Strengths.
- Ask her to help with induction and orientation programs.
- Ask her to lead in situations that require minority perpsectives and or the participation of shy people.
- Ask them to be part of the welcome party for events.
- Apply the same principles when her role is sales. She will likely prove helpful in breaking down barriers and handling delicate situations.
- Keep her away from sales for example, that are targeted at elite sectors of the market. She will will have difficulty empathising is such situations.
How many NZers have Includer in their Top 5?
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