Sunday, December 7, 2008

The First Strength of President Conn

Just in time for the Christmas season, here's an insight into the top five strengths of Lee's president, Dr. Paul Conn.

Incoming freshman take the StrengthsQuest test upon starting Gateway classes and faculty place cards on their own desks detailing their signature strengths, but little is known about the strengths of Dr. Conn.

So, in a five-part series (why not?), we've revealed the president's strengths, from number five to number one.
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President Conn's #5 top strength was Strategic.
President Conn's #4 top strength was Significance.
President Conn's #3 top strength was Ideation.
President Conn's #2 top strength was Futuristic.

Without any further ado, Dr. Conn's #1 top strength is... Command.

According to StrengthsFinder:

To begin affirming Command as one of your dominant areas of talent, first take another look at the description of that theme: Command leads you to take charge. Unlike some people, you feel no discomfort with imposing your views on others. On the contrary, once your opinion is formed, you need to share it with others. Once your goal is set, you feel restless until you have aligned others with you. You are not frightened by confrontation; rather, you know that confrontation is the first step toward resolution. Whereas others may avoid facing up to life’s unpleasantness, you feel compelled to present the facts or the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be.

You need things to be clear between people and challenge them to be clear-eyed and honest. You push them to take risks. You may even intimidate them. And while some may resent this, labeling you opinionated, they often willingly hand you the reins. People are drawn toward those who take a stance and ask them to move in a certain direction. Therefore, people will be drawn to you. You have presence. You have Command. Now, consider this statement based on comments from individuals who possess Command among their Signature Themes. It represents what Command could “sound like.”

“Some of my friends get nervous about making presentations in class, but I don’t. When I’m in front of the class, people are going to listen to me, and I actually enjoy being in control.”

For further understanding of your talents, examine these five insights and select those that describe you best.
• You see what needs to be done, and you are willing to say so.
• You are willing to go into a confrontation and argue because you know that what is right will prevail, and confrontations often help get things moving.
• You can jump into a conflict, crisis, or emergency and take charge of the situation.
• Other people may be threatened, offended, or put off by the power you can command, but most wish they had some of your talents.
• Command talents are valuable because they help you positively impact other people. You can help people and entire organizations get through difficult times and make substantive changes in the midst of chaos.

Your Command talents hold potential for strength, which is the key to excellence. These statements provide interesting insights and tips that can help you develop your talents into strengths.
• Seek roles in which you will be asked to persuade others. Consider whether selling might be a good career for you.
• You don’t shy away from confrontation. Practice the words, the tones, and the techniques that will turn your ability to confront into real persuasiveness.
• In your relationships, seize opportunities to speak plainly and directly about sensitive subjects. Your close friends may welcome and appreciate your unwillingness to hide from the truth.
• Help your friends and coworkers succeed by encouraging them to make commitments and follow through.
• Find a cause you believe in and support it. You might discover yourself at your best when defending a cause in the face of resistance.
• Ask the hard questions that help others face reality.
• Overcome obstacles. They can be motivating for you.
• Take control of situations you feel you can handle. If you fail, admit you were wrong, but don’t give up (or blame others).

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