To view information about your top five strengths at “Start Here - An Overview of the StrengthsFinder Movement,” found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50J8DYo7r44&list=PLhYBLDN6sURWX7h8IdebX2CYyR9QwqoDX. Then view information about your top five strengths at “Strategic - Learn more about your innate talents from Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder!” found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sWM36m3d48&list=PLxDaK7wIyw9609RQuIcVwcCtJ6j17hmO4&index=1.
Write a one to three (1-3) page paper in which you:
- Describe your initial reaction to finding out your top five strengths.
Top 5 Strength Are with Insight:
“Learner”- 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. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. 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.
“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 want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours.
“Positivity”- You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. Others just wish that their glass were as full as yours seem to be. Their world looks better around you because your enthusiasm a contagious.
“Achiever”- Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible to feel good about yourself. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group.
“Responsibility”- Forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. Excuses and rationalizations are totally unacceptable. When assigning new responsibilities, people will look to you first because they know it will get done.
- Explain how your top five strengths relate to your leadership style. Determine how they relate to the key functions you would need to perform as a manager.
Key Functions as a manager:
- Determine what traits you need to work on the most to become a good leader. Then, explain whether these traits differ from the strengths you need to be a good manager.
Knowing When You're a Manager:
“Time Frame”- Short -to-mid-term to ensure success of organization now; sets timetables and agendas to achieve identified goals.
“Focus”- Focus is narrow and internal to organization
“Resources”- Uses currently established resources such as budget, staff, policies, and procedures
“Task Goals”- Directs daily work to achieve currently identified goals
“People Goals” - Supervises staff to maximize their productivity; coordinates efforts of teams to maximize performance.
Knowing When You’re a Leader:
“Approach”- Strategic + Visionary
“Time Frame”- Mid-to long- term to ensure success of organization in future; sets vision and strategy for organizational change
“Focus”- Focus is broad (both internal and external influences), including other functions, industries, markets, and national and global affairs
“Resources”- Seeks and attains/creates new resources to ensure success of future goals
“Task Goals”- Envisions future goals and creates new products and processes to achieve them
“People Goals”- Builds culture to maximize engagement and commitment; inspires stakeholders, fosters collaboration, and cultivates next generation of leaders
- Indicate which of your strengths you anticipate you will use the most in college or a future career.
- Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
- Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Describe the primary functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, controlling) and the associated skills, tools, and theoretical approaches that can be used to accomplish these functions.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in management concepts.
- Write clearly and concisely about management concepts using proper writing mechanics.