Four Types of Strengths: Where do You Fall?

Research indicates that people fall into one of four types of strengths: thinkers, achievers, communicators and relaters.

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know which category best describes your work style. However, by learning and identifying which category you fall into, you can better determine if you’re working on tasks and projects that best suit your time and talents.

Here’s a more detailed look at these categories.

  • Thinkers. Thinkers take large amounts of information and make sense of it. They can easily identify important trends, and they can connect the dots on large and complex problems. Thinkers thrive on data, and they generally don’t make decisions without it. They can see how things fit together and where the interrelationships are, and they’re constantly looking for data that keeps them on the leading edge.
  • Achievers. Achievers like to get things done. They have their list of to-do’s, and they are intent on crossing off everything on their list. They have priorities. They thrive on production targets. Achievers are essentially the ones who bring a sense of energy and urgency to the table. They make things happen.
  • Communicators. Communicators can effectively carry messages in both written and verbal form. They make things understandable; they have an uncanny knack for providing clarity; they make complex things simple. When they talk, it makes sense.
  • Relaters. Relaters have the ability to connect with people and they can establish deep and meaningful bonds with others. They are ‘people persons’ and they have the ability to effectively influence others.

It’s important to point out that one category is not better or more desirable than the other. Each category presents unique strengths, and if you have at least one person that represents each category on your healthcare team, you can fully complement each other’s strengths. Share and discuss this information with your team to leverage and maximize everyone’s talents!

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.”
—Marilyn vos Savant