My Old Strengths Finder 2.0 Test Results!

So when I was in college, I participated in a leadership program, and we had to take the Strengths Finder 2.0 test. It’s a wonderful book, and the test was actually… dead on and very insightful.

Here are my results, and I doubt they changed:

Your Top 5 Themes
Intellection
Input
Learner
Connectedness
Strategic

Intellection
Shared Theme Description
People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual
activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
Your Personalized Strengths Insights
What makes you stand out?
Driven by your talents, you are determined to keep abreast of the news. You probably satisfy your
hunger for current information by habitually reading newspapers, magazines, correspondence, memos, files, or Internet sites. Instinctively, you read to stimulate your mind, to broaden your perspective, and to explore familiar as well as unfamiliar subjects. Reading is a solitary activity, which is one of the reasons why you like it so much. You are quite comfortable being alone with your books and your thoughts. By nature, you probably dedicate time to reading, listening, and scrutinizing facts as well as ideas. Consequently, people seek your counsel. Why? They recognize your knowledge and skills. You are a valuable source of information for your family, friends, colleagues, or classmates. Chances are good that you prepare for important conversations or discussions by collecting lots of background information. It is not unusual for you to set aside at least five hours of quiet time each week to consider what you have discovered. You are likely to use this time to expand your thinking. A
new piece of material can send you hunting for additional evidence to support your theories, concepts,
or proposals. It’s very likely that you continually absorb, integrate, or catalog new information with
ease. Ever eager to expand your knowledge base, you read avidly. Because you can access your memory bank at any time, you are free to process writers’ or researchers’ ideas immediately or at a
later time.

Input
Shared Theme Description
People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to
collect and archive all kinds of information.
Your Personalized Strengths Insights
What makes you stand out?
By nature, you thirst for new ideas and knowledge. Often you lose yourself in a book. You pore over the ideas contained on its pages for long stretches of time. Why? You want to absorb as much information as you can. Instinctively, you habitually bring together all sorts of information so you can refer to it later. At the instant you collect a fact, example, story, or piece of data, typically you are eager to use it. You trust it is valuable. Your fascination with knowledge has probably been part of you even before you formed the words to ask your first question. It’s very likely that you might pay particular attention to what certain people think of you. Perhaps you intentionally use complicated words or specialized terminology to position yourself as an expert or a professional in the minds of others. Sometimes you use language to your advantage when you hope to influence, confront, make
demands of, or issue orders to specific individuals. Maybe your vocabulary allows you to speak with a bit more authority than usual. Driven by your talents, you feast on the ideas in books and other printed material. In the process of reading, you accumulate lots of information for its own sake. During the week, you likely spend several hours reflecting on your treasure trove of facts, data, history, or research. Often one or two of your newfound concepts, theories, or findings consumes the majority of your thinking time. Chances are good that you favor conversations where information, facts, or data are considered objectively — that is, emotions do not distort the truth. You pose questions, evaluate answers, and figure out how things work. Reducing an idea, theory, or process to its most basic parts provides you with many insights. You are likely to archive — that is, preserve — your discoveries so you can use them later.

Learner
Shared Theme Description
People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to
continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Your Personalized Strengths Insights
What makes you stand out?
It’s very likely that you treasure opportunities to absorb knowledge and gather ideas from forwardlooking thinkers. You usually read their writings, listen to their presentations, or ask them questions about the future they envision. Whenever you can conduct experiments or participate in hands-on activities, you have a much better grasp of their innovative ideas. Driven by your talents, you may appreciate opportunities to acquire knowledge, gain skills, or experience new things. Perhaps you refuse to let your mind grow dull by being complacent — that is, smug or self-satisfied. By nature, you sometimes engage in academic pursuits for extended periods of time. You may be less inclined than some people to join a study group to absorb new information or reinforce what you already know.
Because of your strengths, you yearn to increase your knowledge by being kept in the information
loop. This explains why you gravitate to people who converse about ideas at a deeper and more
thoughtful level than most individuals are capable of doing. “Making small talk” — that is, engaging in idle conversation — probably seems like a waste of time to you. Instinctively, you yearn to know a lot.
It makes little sense to you to skim through a book and read only the highlights. You delve more
deeply into intriguing subjects than most people do. You love to gather all kinds of information. This
explains why you take time to grasp ideas that appear in print.

Connectedness
Shared Theme Description
People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all
things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
Your Personalized Strengths Insights
What makes you stand out?
Instinctively, you routinely isolate facts that link ideas, events, or people. You are especially sensitive to how one person’s optimistic or negative thoughts can affect the entire human family. This prompts you to pay close attention to what individuals and groups think and do. By nature, you sometimes feel a particular yearning to control your life, and to leave your mark on the world. To some extent, you know you are somehow linked to every human being on the planet. This partially explains why you sense whatever you choose to do or not do affects them just as their choices eventually affect you. You might feel you are walking a tightrope between wanting to be totally independent and knowing you need others to survive. Driven by your talents, you occasionally like to work on your own rather than with a partner or a group. Even so, you may put aside this personal preference to contribute to the well-being of humankind, the environment, or other worthwhile causes. You might be willing to
sacrifice your independence when it helps others reach certain altruistic — that is, unselfish — goals.
Because of your strengths, you often are the one who helps people understand how they are linked
across time, distance, race, ethnicity, religion, economic levels, languages, or cultures. You make it
possible for individuals to work together. You aim to break down barriers that separate them. Chances
are good that you sense that everything in life is somehow interrelated and interdependent. This idea
steels — that is, fortifies — you to calmly face most of life’s challenges and difficulties.

Strategic
Shared Theme Description
People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced
with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Your Personalized Strengths Insights
What makes you stand out?
Instinctively, you select the right combination of words to convey your ideas or feelings. In the middle
of discussions, your vocabulary provides you with precise phrases and terminology. You probably
express yourself with ease and grace. By nature, you customarily pinpoint the core problems and identify the best solutions. You artfully and skillfully eliminate distractions. This helps people gain a
clear understanding of what is happening and why it is happening. You frequently identify ways to transform an obstacle into an opportunity. Driven by your talents, you pay close attention to what is going on around you. You listen. You quiz people. You read. You probably take notes on key points. As you accumulate lots of information, you disregard what is unrelated, and pay heed to what is really important. The more you reflect on what you know, the more problems begin to reveal themselves, and eventually solutions start taking shape in your mind. Finally, given the situation, you select the best plan from your list of options. It’s very likely that you comprehend what has gone wrong. Eagerly, you uncover facts. Sorting through lots of information rarely intimidates you. You welcome the abundance of information. Like a detective, you sort through it and identify key pieces of evidence.
Following these leads, you bring the big picture into view. Next, you generate schemes for solving the
problem. Finally, you choose the best option after considering prevailing circumstances, available
resources, and desired outcomes.

Source: Strengths Finder 2.0 and its test results

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