The CliftonStrengths Coaching Blog is a resource for those who want to help others truly understand their strengths and learn how to use them. Gallup experts and outside contributors share tactics, insights, and strategies to help strengths coaches maximize the talent of individuals, teams, and organizations everywhere.
In case you missed it, last week on Theme Thursday we took a deep dive into the Command theme with the help of Gallup’s Curt Liesveld and Dr. Al Winseman.
People with strong Command bring decisiveness and emotional clarity. They have the ability to bring to light what is often avoided or unstated. This gives them the ability to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings.
Those who have Command as one of their top five strengths might feel that they are especially unique, and they should. Only 5% of people in Gallup’s strengths database have Command as one of their top five strengths -- the lowest of all 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder themes.
Command falls into the Influencing domain, which reflects its power to persuade people. Individuals with high Command like to be in control of situations. They tend to be highly assertive and thrive in opportunities when they can take charge.
Dr. Winseman thinks of Command as an energizing, persuasive, and inspirational theme. He explains that his Command is alive when other people are around. It gives him the willingness to lead others and inspire them with a confident vision of what they can be.
Individuals with high Command need to make sure they are in control of the theme. When used at the wrong times, Command can leave a wake of damaged relationships in its path. Dr. Winseman urges individuals with high Command to take charge when the time is right, but to keep their strong will under control to avoid hurting others.
To hear more about the Command theme and how people like Dr. Winseman use it in their everyday lives, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.
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