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I Am Strategic, Futuristic, Relator, Learner, Ideation

I took the Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and my top 5 are Strategic, Futuristic, Relator, Learner, Ideation. I feel these fit pretty well. Here are the descriptions.


The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of  thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.


“Wouldn’t it be great if . . .” You are the kind of person who loves to peer over the horizon. The future fascinates you. As if it were projected on the wall, you see in detail what the future might hold, and this detailed picture keeps pulling you forward, into tomorrow. While the exact content of the picture will depend on your other strengths and interests—a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world—it will always be inspirational to you. You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you. They can energize others, too. In fact, very often people look to you to describe your visions of the future. They want a picture that can raise their sights and thereby their spirits. You can paint it for them. Practice. Choose your words carefully. Make the picture as vivid as possible. People will want to latch on to the hope you bring.


Relator describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms, the Relator theme pulls you toward people you already know. You do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people—in fact, you may have other themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends—but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being around your close friends. You are comfortable with intimacy. Once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk—you might be taken advantage of—but you are willing to accept that risk. For you a relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each of you proves your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real friendship, and you take them willingly.


You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”


You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.

I am a Maverick leader

I recently took the Fascination Advantage Assessment and found out I am a Maverick Leader. I feel this fits very well with my personality.

Here is the description:



  • lead with a bold and unconventional vision
  • unafraid to take the lead and happy to propose a new direction for a product or market strategy
  • always full of new ideas, and almost a little restless.
  • no dull moments in your meetings
  • when things feel familiar they start experimenting to see whether higher goals can be achieved


  • independent, confident, and perhaps a little eccentric
  • the Power advantage tends to keep you on track to reach your goals
  • the Primary Innovation advantage makes them creative, innovative, and sharp-witted
  • they are able to think in both linear and nonlinear ways
  • free association allows them to come up with fresh ideas, while their logical mind helps them implement them
  • they are natural leaders with an adventurous spirit


  • Maverick Leader dislike routine tasks. They get bored when forced to follow predictable patterns.
  • They get the most out of building your own path, finding smart solutions to the usual rules, and finding their own way to do things.



Always ready to challenge the familiar path, Maverick Leaders seek to discover new ways to attain
goals. In large companies you’ll find them coming up with ideas for new product features, alternative
business directions, and radical marketing campaigns.


Their revolutionary thinking is coupled with a strong confidence and focus on attaining goals. They
don’t propose new designs only because they enjoy new things (although they do love it of course!),
they’re also keen to use their fresh ideas to help achieve the company’s goals.


They are full of new ideas. They enjoy starting projects; and their energy drives them to implement
ideas and complete projects.


Clever and charming in professional and social scenarios, Maverick Leaders respond to questions
and detractions with sharp humor. Even in a rather formal interview setting, they’re able to break the
ice with a funny remark.


Maverick Leaders present their ideas vividly. They energize their message and keep their audience
intrigued. When presenting, they use strong body language. They use energetic gestures to
emphasize their points. They walk around the stage or board room. Their unusual stories and
metaphors keep their listeners captivated.

What do you think? Does this sound like me?