Strengths Insights Part 11: Positivity
Welcome to Part 11 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.
If Positivity is a dominant strength you will be generous with praise, always looking out for the positive in a situation. Some call you gushy, but most people want to be like you. It seems like your glass is always half full and if people have the courage to acknowledge that, they’d like their glass to be half full too, rather than half empty. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Lacking that enthusiasm many people feel their life is drab with repetition or, worse, heavy with pressure. You seem to find a way to lighten their spirits.
You celebrate every achievement, no matter how small. You find ways to make everything more exciting, full of vitality, despite some cynics attempting to drag you down with comments like: “It’s all very well for them they haven’t got: a mortgage, a boring job, teenage children … etc.
In the framework, “The Evolution of an idea” Positivity makes the Creator, Promoter and Host attractive. People like being around them. It supports people in roles like teaching, sales and entrepreneurship.
Tips for Maximising your Positivity Strength
- Find a role that requires leadership.
- Although the benefit of you enthusing people cannot be measured and is seldom recognised in remuneration understand that you are a valuable team member. Life will not be as much fun without you being around.
- Deliberately show people what they have to feel positive about. Ask them what they would like to experience tomorrow.
- Arm yourself with good stories, jokes and anecdote to make your positivity tangible.
- Avoid negative people, even conversations that you wouldn’t like to personally experience tomorrow, unless it you are committed to improving the situation.
Managing people who have Positivity in their Top 5 Strengths.
- Position a team member with Positivity as close to the front line as is possible.
- Ask them to host client events.
- Remember Positivity does not mean he will always be in a good mood. It does imply that he can make people excited.
- Keep him away from cynics. They will sap his energy.
If he also has Command as a dominant strength he has a powerful combination, the assertiveness and energy for sales. If he also has Developer he is likely to be deeply interested in people, so is likely to be highly effective as a trainer or teacher.
How many NZ men and women have Positivity in their Top 5?
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