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People with strong Self-Assurance talents can lead the way. Because they deeply trust their own instincts, they can forge ahead confidently, even on risky paths. They can instill confidence in others and show initiative in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.
On the last Theme Thursday, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant Rod Karr joined Curt Liesveld to discuss what makes the Self-Assurance theme unique and how it can be applied to real-life situations.
Curt describes Self-Assurance as “an internal confidence to try, even though external uncertainty exists.” People with Self-Assurance have a unique ability to trust their own instincts. They often “go with their gut,” trusting their intuition with the confidence to know what is right.
Rod, who has Self-Assurance in his top five, talks about how the theme fits into his own life. He says that Self-Assurance gives him the confidence to try things with a willingness to take risks. Even when he doesn’t feel like he is prepared, he is certain he can figure it out.
When Rod first found out his strengths, he was very leery about Self-Assurance in his top five. He initially thought it had “arrogant” connotations. After learning more about the theme, he realized that it pointed to his inner confidence, not to outward cockiness.
Of the more than 10 million people who have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, only 6% have Self-Assurance in their top five. The theme most likely to be paired with Self-Assurance is Strategic. The themes least likely to be paired with Self-Assurance are Developer and Empathy, which tend to be more external in nature.
To hear more about the Self-Assurance theme and how people like Rodd use it in their
everyday lives, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.
The next Theme Thursday will be on April 24, at 1 p.m. EDT (-0400 GMT), where we will dig deep into the Command theme. Register today for the next show and all future shows!
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