People exceptionally talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in others’ eyes. They are independent and want to be recognized.
Those high in Significance know when there is something great and purposeful happening. They see the larger impact and want to be a part of it. People with Significance are those that feel called to leave their footprint on the world. Gallup writes, “the genius of people with strong Significance begins and ends with the difference that they are determined to make. They want the world to be a better place because they are in it.” To these individuals, what others think of them matters; they want to be seen as credible, reliable, and valuable. When another views them in this way, they know that they can have a greater impact. Because of this gift to establish their own credibility, people with Significance are often independent in their work. These individuals like to have free reign to make decisions and do work as they please.
3.3% of TeamMates mentors and 7.9% of mentees have Significance in their Top 5 Themes. To honor the significance in your mentee, recognize them for the work they are doing. Make a plaque or print out a certificate when they share with you their academic, extra-curricular, or relational success. Or, consider sharing with them some of the larger statistics about the impact of TeamMates to show how they are a part of the mentoring movement.
In addition, here are some questions from the TeamMates Strengths and Hope cards to get help orient your conversation about the Significance theme:
- For what do you like to receive recognition?
- What type of recognition do you prefer?
- From whom do you want to receive recognition?
- When or where have you shown how significant your contributions can be?
- Do you ever leave an activity knowing you made a difference? Tell me about it.
- What kind of legacy do you want to leave?