- My first strength is Belief. I have enduring values concerning spirituality and ethics. These values give my life meaning and satisfaction and provide me with direction. My friends call me dependable, and I am easy to trust. My work must be meaningful to me, and it will matter to me only if it gives me a chance to live out my values.
- My second strength is Connectedness. I believe that all people are connected, and therefore we all individually hold a measure of responsibility for every other person, since by harming others we are essentially harming ourselves. I am considerate, caring, and accepting; I am a bridge builder for people of different cultures.
- My third strength is Restorative. I love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, I can be energized by it. I enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution.
- My fourth strength is Responsibility. I am forced to take psychological ownership for anything I commit to, and I feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. If for some reason I cannot deliver, I automatically start to look for ways to make it up to the other party. When assigning new responsibilities, people look to me first because they know it will get done.
- My fifth strength is Harmony. I look for areas of agreement. When I know that the people around me hold differing views, I try to find the common ground. When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, I steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which we can all agree. In my view, we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going.
Much of this material is quoted directly or paraphrased from Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths (New York: The Free Press), 88, 92, 101, 111, 112.