Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Consistency: Equality Matters

People exceptionally talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat all people the same. They try to treat everyone with equality by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.
Clifton StrengthsFinder

Those high in the StrengthsFinder theme of Consistency are wired to treat all people equally. Their natural inclination is to create boundaries, structures, and rules in order to generate an environment where all people are measured by the same stick. Equality matters to those with high Consistency, and the best way to achieve equality it to have the same standards for all.

Because of this natural talent to create structure and boundaries, Consistency sometimes gets labeled as boring, strict, or uptight. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. People with Consistency have an edge to notice and eradicate inequality. In our currently divided society, the minds of those with Consistency are greatly needed. Whenever these individuals meet another, they see their innate value, not because of some label, characteristic, or identity marker, but simply because they are human.

In TeamMates, 17.1% of our mentors and 8.7% of our mentees have Consistency in their Top 5 themes. During your mentoring time, honor the Consistency in each other by creating some structure for your time. Discuss what you would like to do the week prior in order to plan and prepare. Once you have been matched for a while, maybe select 3-5 activities you enjoy doing and create an order to them. Have strengths based conversations by asking each other questions or brainstorming ideas around your Consistency. Ponder questions like: What is one thing you can do today to value your classmates? How do you make sure your friends are all treated the same? What is one policy you would ask the government to put in place to create a more equal society? By incorporating strengths into your mentoring relationship, you will begin to nurture your mentee to become more happy, hopeful, and successful.


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