Strengths Insights Part 15: Intellection
Welcome to Part 15 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.
Intellection – Strategic Thinking
Do you like to think? Do you like mental activity? Do you like exercising the ‘muscles’ of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths. On the other hand, this mental activity may lack focus.
The theme of intellection does not dictate what you are thinking about; it simply describes your interest in thinking. You probably like time alone to muse and reflect. You are probably introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion, as you pose yourself questions and try out answers on yourself to see how they sound. This introspection may lead you to a slight sense of discontent as you compare what you are actually doing with all the thoughts and ideas your mind conceives. Or this introspection may tend towards more pragmatic matters such as the events of the day or a conversation that you plan to have later. Wherever it leads you, this mental hum is one of the constants of your life.
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, or a part thereof. The framework helps people fit in so their contribution is valued.
Intellection is more likely to be found in people who are comfortable contributing in the beginning and latter stages of the evolution of an idea. The creator and refiner especially are often big thinkers. The protector may have intellection too, but probably more because they are often less attacked to situations that involve a lot of social interaction.
For more about “The Evolution of an Idea” http://www.strengths.nz/products/three-essential-frameworks/
Tips for maximising the value of your Intellection Strength.
- Consider studying, philosophy, literature or psychology.
- Schedule time for uninterrupted thinking. It will energise you.
- Record your ideas. Review them from time to time. In another time you will have a different perspective which might reveal valuable insight.
- Take time to write. It will help you crystalise ideas.
- Find people who you like to talk to. Build relationships with big thinkers. You will find them stimulating.
- Be patient in explaining your ideas to people. They may not understand immediately.
Managing people who have Intellection in their Top 5 Strengths.
- Capitalise on the fact that thinking energises this person .
- Challenge his or her thinking. That will make them think more.
- Encourage them to contemplate the power of their subconscious and how to access more of it.
- Give them reading and evaluation tasks. They probably love to read.
- Take the time to facilitate their reflection.
- An ideal partner for someone with the Intellection strengths will have Activator as a strength. This person will challenge them to act on their ideas.
How many NZers have Intellection in their Top 5?
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