Positive strengths are talents and character traits that are unambiguously good. This can be contrast with strengths such as competitiveness that can be interpreted negatively depending on the context. For example, competitiveness may be important to many pursuits but could also be interpreted as an inclination not to cooperate or sacrifice to help others. The following are examples of strengths that are broadly positive.
Agent of Change
Ambition / Hope / Dreams
Calculated Risk Taking
Computing / Computer Science / Technological Prowess
Experimenting / Prototyping / Testing
Inventive / Creative
Making Reasonable / Timely Decisions
Presentations / Public Speaking
Resilience / Reasonable Response to Stress
Respect for Others
Respect for Time
Science / Scientific Prowess
Sense of Urgency / Makes Good Use of Time
Tolerance for Disagreement
Troubleshooting / Problem Solving
CounterexamplesStrengths are always relative to context. The following are illustrative examples of how strengths can be perceived negatively due to context.organized -> can handle chaotic, fast paced environments?realistic -> lack of optimism, imagination or creativity?delegation -> hands-off, low work throughput?detail-oriented -> big picture thinking?big picture thinking -> attention to detail?persistent -> ability to recognize failure and move on?
logical -> good with people / human realities?data driven -> intuition? strategic vision? over-optimization? political pragmatism?intuitive -> data? testing? listens to others? biased?emotional intelligence (or any term with the word emotion in it) -> overly emotional? grit? resilience?
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