Talent Tuesday: Command

What do we mean by Command? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “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.”

If the above description describes you, be sure to read below for career tips and tricks tailored to your strengths!

People who are especially talented in the Command theme take a strong stance, and other people are drawn to them for their presence.

Career Search Tips for Command Talents:

  • Seek challenging roles in whatever position you may be in, and lead others to grow out of their comfort zone
  • Look for a culture where its encouraged to be directly honest, but recognize being candid is not appropriate all the time, even in the most open work cultures.
  • Inspire and encourage your coworkers to make commitments, both in the workplace and outside of it. You will thrive not only by committing to something you believe in, but also seeing others passionate about something.
  • Don’t always step in. Let some situations unfold on their own, especially at the start of a new job or internship.

Below is a video created by the Gallup Strengths Center that goes into more detail about the Command Talent Theme and how it can help you on your path to success!

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan