Leading with the Command StrengthsFinder Talent

From standing still to moving forward

July 31, 2023
woman with commanding presence

There are those moments when someone needs to take charge, own the situation and make the necessary decisions. It is in those moments when the strengthsfinder command talent truly shines. 

Leaders with the command strength feel comfortable being in charge. No need to be stuck waiting. They can clear the path ahead and guide the team down it.

Your Strengths Have AntiPatterns

Command StrengthsFinder TL;DR

Leaders with the command StrengthsFinder talent don’t shy away from the moment. They are not intimidated by confrontation and feel comfortable assuming control even in tense situations.

They can’t stand false agreement or passivity and want people just to say what they think. When healthy, they can guide a team through a kind of honest engagement that produces clarity and shared ownership.

If you’re already familiar with StrengthsFinder, you can skip over the next section.

What is StrengthsFinder?

SterengthsFinder, now CliftonStrengths, is an assessment based on strengths psychology. The fundamental premise is you will get farther by maxing out your strengths rather than trying to improve your weaknesses. 

I’ve seen numerous leaders grow as they identified their talents and turned them into well-developed strengths. But you don’t have to be a leader to benefit from StrengthsFinder, and you can apply it to more than just work. 

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses helps you better understand and live out your unique design.

Command is just one of the 34 different strengths measured by StengthsFinder. When you take the assessment, you will get back your top 5 strengths. You can pay for an ordered list of all 34, but I wouldn’t recommend that the first time you take the assessment.

Focus is critical to developing your strengths. Keeping just your top 5 in view helps you make meaningful growth in the areas of your life with the highest leverage and impact. 

How do you lead well with command in your StrengthsFinder top 5?

So you’ve taken the StrengthsFinder assessment, received your results and found command in the list. Now you’re wondering how to grow or leverage this strength in your leadership. 

I know what it's like to feel compelled to take charge and bring the clarity that's lacking. Over the years, most of my co-leaders had command as one of their top 5 strengths, and I've seen how it both helped and hurt them as leaders.

These are four strategies I’ve seen commanding leaders use to make a positive impact.

  1. Look for spaces to lead.
  2. Invite others to use their voice.
  3. Find a cause.
  4. Be an advocate for those without a voice.

Learn to recognize behaviors when you're over-leveraging your strengths to the point that they become liabilities. And discover the path back to health.

Look for spaces to lead.

Leadership isn't just a title. It's an action. A great leader knows when to step in and take charge.

There are those moments when someone needs to take charge,

This can look different depending on circumstances or context, so pay attention to where you can lead with clarity, direction, and intention.

Invite others to use their voice.

Leaders with the command StrengthsFinder Talent can be very effective at leading large groups of people, but it's important to remember that everyone has something valuable to bring to the conversation.

Leadership isn't always about taking the lead; sometimes, it's about giving a platform to those who need it most.

You likely feel comfortable speaking up and often immediately drop into a leadership stance. But this doesn't mean you always have to be the one leading the conversation. 

Create an environment where everyone feels heard and respected, including yourself.  Invite everyone in your circle or on your team to contribute and create a sense of harmony around decision

Find a cause.

Leadership is full of purpose and meaning, so look for causes to get behind that express your values and passions. You can take on activism or volunteer work if it aligns with what matters most to you. 

They can clear the path ahead and guide the team down it

Find something meaningful to pour your energy into and help make a difference in the world around you. 

Your command strength will empower you to make a powerful impact. You'll have the confidence and endurance to weather the setbacks and overcome the obstacle.

Be an advocate for those without a voice.

Leaders with command are great at taking charge but remember to use that same conviction to advocate for those without a voice. Leadership isn't always about taking the lead; sometimes, it's about giving a platform to those who need it most.

You'll be more effective if you partner with a leader with StrengthsFinder harmony talent. They can help you learn to listen and understand others' perspectives, then speak on their behalf or bring attention to their stories. 

Next steps for StrengthsFinder command leaders.

As you learn to lead using your command strength, you can help the team go from standing still to moving forward.

You can take charge in any situation and bring clarity where there is confusion. Use this strength responsibly, invite others into the conversation, find meaningful causes to get behind, and advocate for those without a voice.

Action Plan

Leaders with the Strengthsfinder command talent can struggle with an antipattern of domineering. Learning the strengths antipatterns will allow you to continue growing as a healthy, intentional leader. 

You are on an extraordinary journey to living and leading from your strengths. You can explore the list below to learn about the rest of your top 5 strengths.

Frequently Asked Questions


So do I totally ignore my weaknesses and just focus on my strengths?

Strengths-based growth doesn’t encourage you to ignore your weaknesses but not to spend too much time trying to turn them into strengths. Instead, you may need to find team members or systems to fill in your gaps.

Learn more about how StrengthsFind influences your leadership.

There are strengths I think I have; why didn’t they didn’t show up in my top 5?

For some people, their strengths ranked 5, 6 or 7 are almost even. You could also be misattributing a skill or behavior to a specific strength.

Learn more about how StrengthsFind influences your leadership.

Should I pay to see all 34 strengths?

Seeing your other 29 strengths can help give you a fuller picture. But initially, someone should focus on further developing those top 5 strengths rather than trying to give attention across the list. Once you have a good grasp on what it looks like to lead from your top 5, it can be helpful to explore the rest of the list.

Learn more about how StrengthsFind influences your leadership.

What’s the difference between a talent and a strength?

A talent is your natural way of thinking or behaving. A strength is a talent developed over time through knowledge, skills and practice.

Learn more about how StrengthsFinder influences your leadership.

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