Okay so wait a minute. Before you tell me that there are none, think about the following facts.
Many who know him agree he is a better than average deal maker and negotiator
He said, ‘I like thinking big. I always have. To me it s very simple: If you are going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big’
He participated in the Campaign with gusto and excitement. Sometimes too much?!
He is the president elect for USA
So for a moment if we were to set aside the fact that we like him or not, or whether he is or will be good in his role, he exhibits some obvious strengths. Without judgement and using the definitions of Strengths listed under the popular Gallup Strengths Finder List, here is my guess of his Top 5. Needless to say, I do not know if he has taken a strengths-finder assessment or if he is even aware of this tool. This is my assessment of what I have seen him say and how he has influenced people. Would you agree?
Competition: People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
Significance: People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognised.
Self-Assurance: People who are especially talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.
Achiever: People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
Belief: People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
Assuming these are his strengths, the interesting question are two:-
1. How can he tone down the natural strengths that he is over-using?
You see Strengths are natural talents that we all possess. We know they are at work as they energise us when we put them to use.
For example, can you think about some activities you can do for hours without tiring? Its not the activity but your natural talent that is being put to good use and making you excel in the said task(s) or activities. But there is a downside to applying one’s natural talents is that we may ‘over-use’ them which starts making them counter productive. You have heard or maybe even used phrases such as ‘Analysis paralysis,’ ‘Armchair philosopher,’ ‘Control freak’ to describe other people. Chances are these maybe their natural talents being over-used. All they need to do is tone it down without losing its punch. After all a strength help them outperform and stand out in the crowd.
2. How can he compensate for the ‘loss of benefits’ from abilities that he is naturally not talented in?
Continuing with my example of the Gallup Strengths Finder which has 34 identifiable strengths. When a report is generated it lists your 34 strengths in order of its presence in you as a natural talent. Whilst the key in my Coaching sessions is to Play to your top strengths and master the art of using them skilfully; we also pay attention to strategies the client can adopt so that they get the unique benefits that arise out of the natural abilities that are low down in the list. The question for Donald is which of these Top 34 are low down on the list and what is he doing about those?
We can only wait and see as the scene unfolds in front of the world.
Set aside Donald Trump, I leave you behind with 3 question that can change your game into a winning game…
Do you know what your top strengths are?
Are you Playing to your Strengths with mastery?
Is your team playing to their strengths?
About the author: Reena Dayal an upcoming author, Leader Coach, Mentor and Trainer based out of London and New Delhi with a global track record of 23 years working in the Corporate and NGO sectors across 20+ countries. Her company ‘The Collaborators‘ specialises in working with Corporate Leaders, Start Up Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who wish to accelerate personal growth, business Performance and ride the Transformation wave. Find out more about her upcoming book: The Brilliance Quotient, here.