The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum. When you know that the people around you hold differing views, you try to find the common ground. You try to steer them away from confrontation and toward harmony. In fact, harmony is one of your guiding values. You can’t quite believe how much time is wasted by people trying to impose their views on others. Wouldn’t we all be more productive if we kept our opinions in check and instead looked for consensus and support? You believe we would, and you live by that belief. When others are sounding off about their goals, their claims, and their fervently held opinions, you hold your peace. When others strike out in a direction, you will willingly, in the service of harmony, modify your own objectives to merge with theirs (as long as their basic values do not clash with yours). When others start to argue about their pet theory or concept, you steer clear of the debate, preferring to talk about practical, down-to-earth matters on which you can all agree. In your view we are all in the same boat, and we need this boat to get where we are going. It is a good boat. There is no need to rock it just to show that you can.”
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 Harmony theme should use their Harmony talents to help people find common ground.
Career Search Tips for Harmony Talents:
- In pitching yourself to potential employers, highlight your strength as a good team member, especially in regards to your willingness to adjust and tolerate differing opinions.
- Use your consensus building skills to ask other members of a group to speak up with an argument arises. Bringing a number of voices into the conversation can shine a light on a compromise.
- Continue to work on your conflict resolution in different ways, like nonverbal communication, to improve your strengths.
- In starting a new job, you will learn the most by building a network of people from all walks of life and with different perspectives.
- When working with others, stress the value of reaching consensus.
Below is a video created by the Gallup Strengths Center that goes into more detail about the Harmony Talent Theme and how it can help you on your path to success!