Talent Tuesday: Relator

What do we mean by Relator? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “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 are comfortable with intimacy. Once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk — you might be taken advantage of — but you are willing to accept that risk. For you a relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each of you proves your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real friendship, and you take them willingly.”

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 Relator theme thrive by connecting deeply with the right person and gaining a friend for life.

Career Search Tips for Relator Talents:

  • Find a workplace in which friendships are encouraged. You will not do well in an overly formal organization.
  • Deliberately learn as much as you can about the people that you meet. You like knowing about people, and others like being known. In this way, you will be a catalyst for trusting relationships, and likeable in the eyes of your interviewers, managers, etc.
  • Show people that you trust them, and they will be more likely to trust others. You can be an important role model in this area.
  • Find people in your company to mentor, help your colleagues to know each other better, or extend your relationships “beyond the office.” This will set you apart from everyone else.
  • No matter how busy you are, stay in contact with your friends. They are your fuel.

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

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan