Leading with the Communication StrengthsFinder Talent

From unspoken to remembered

August 5, 2023
communication bubble

Does communication feel like a craft or art to make profound memorable statements? Do you cringe when you hear someone say, “just the facts?”

If so, you may have the strengthsfinder communication talent. 

You can leverage this strength while writing, speaking or telling stories. No slide reading going on here. Instead, you orchestrate a dramatic symphony of words.

Your Strengths Have AntiPatterns

Communication StrengthsFinder TL;DR

The Communication StrengthsFinder talent means you can craft stories and messages that pull the heartstrings of your audience. 

Leaders with this strength will excel in public speaking, crafting meaningful emails, or being part of a creative brainstorming session. You can motivate people with your words and create a connection between two seemingly opposing ideas. 

You orchestrate a dramatic symphony of words.

It's important to remember that communication is not just about speaking but also about listening. Weave active listening into your conversations so that you can create meaningful dialogue with co-workers and team members. 

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.

Communication 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 communication in your StrengthsFinder top 5?

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

Throughout the first half of my life, writing and public speaking were things I dreaded. But I've since discovered the joy of seeing that look in people's eyes when they gain insight or understanding.

I've helped many leaders, teams, and small organizations develop their message and communication strategy.

These are four strategies I’ve seen leaders with the communication strength use to communicate with lasting impact. 

  1. Practice and collect.
  2. Level up your favs.
  3. Help others tell their story.
  4. Learn facilitation skills

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.

Practice and collect.

The first step to becoming a powerful communicator is practice. Practice your delivery and try out different ideas. When you make mistakes, it’s ok as long as you take notes and learn from them.

Tell memorable stories that will have a lasting impact.

Also, collect stories, images, ideas—anything that sparks your creativity. The more material you have in your arsenal, the better. Create a system to organize your collections. It could be a dedicated app or just notes on your phone.

Level up your favs.

Find one or two stories that resonate with you and practice them until they become second nature. This will make you more confident when speaking in public and create a connection with the audience.

The first step to becoming a powerful communicator is practice

Use these stories to refine your skills. You can practice delivering them with different emotions, cadence or even in a round table session. This strategy will be invaluable if you’re called to speak off the cuff on a topic.

Help others tell their story.

You don’t have to be the person telling stories all the time. Find people that have great stories and help them tell them. Help craft their story and give advice on how to deliver it effectively.

You can craft stories and messages that pull the heartstrings of your audience. 

When you’re listening to someone else talk, listen for the golden nuggets of wisdom. Then, use your communication strength to help them emphasize these moments and make a lasting impression.

Learn facilitation skills.

A great communicator knows how to move the conversation forward while allowing everyone to have their say. Facilitation is an art that requires practice but can be learned, and it will help you keep discussions on track.

Learn what makes a good facilitator and practice leading meaningful conversations that result in actionable items at the end of the session.  

Facilitating can be a challenge when you have so much to say. Fight the urge to control the conversation. Instead, embrace the role of conductor calling on others to play their parts. 

Next steps for StrengthsFinder communication.

As you learn to lead using your communication strength, you can take an important message and move it from unspoken to remembered.

Because you enjoy thinking about how to put a presentation together and are comfortable presenting, look for opportunities to tell memorable stories that will have a lasting impact.

Action Plan

Leaders with the Strengthsfinder communication talent can struggle with an antipattern of noise. 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.

Ready to level up your company? Get in touch today!