Leading with the Woo StrengthsFinder Talent

From stranger to friends

July 31, 2023
excited young people

You just walked into a room with about a hundred people who don’t know all mingling, talking, laughing. 

What do you do?

If your answer is to dive in and start making new friends, then you likely have the strengthsfinder woo talent.

Having never met a stranger, you’re excited about the opportunity to help people feel welcomed and connected.

Learning to develop your woo strength in your leadership will help you build strong, connected teams.

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Woo StrengthsFinder TL;DR

The woo StrengthsFinder talent stands for winning others over. 

It means you love meeting new people, building rapport and helping them connect to you and each other.

When you help others feel at ease and connect with each other, you are leading them in a different but powerful way.

You have a curiosity about other people that allows you to quickly connect and put others at ease. Your engagement brings brightness to people’s day. 

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.

Woo 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 woo in your StrengthsFinder top 5?

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

I watched the magic or those with woo, and it's amazing. You have a gift to give. I've helped team members learn to further develop their woo gift and use it to serve others.

These are three strategies I’ve seen leaders with woo use to create connections.

  1. Build a network.
  2. Build new community.
  3. Be the wingman.

You want your life to have meaning and impact.

What if your everyday work and life not only felt natural and intuitive but also aligned with your priorities and positively impacted those around you?

Build a network.

Your strength is in meeting new people and connecting them to each other. You have the unique ability to build strong relationships with anyone, regardless of background or age. Leverage this gift by building a network of people you can call on for advice or assistance. 

You have a curiosity about other people that allows you to quickly connect

Think about who would be valuable to know, then go out and start building those relationships. Make it a point to meet new people and invite them into your network.

Build new community. 

You may be the leader of a team or company, but you can also help build relationships between groups or organizations. Look for opportunities to bridge gaps between different communities or create projects that bring together different people who wouldn’t normally interact.

Your engagement brings brightness to people’s day.

You might observe they share a common interest or cause. The connection you help them make could be the start of a friendship or a new business idea.

Be the wingman. 

Sometimes, people just need a little bit of encouragement and help to get started. You can be this person for others by being their “wingman”.  Help them feel comfortable and take the steps they need to get going. 

Be an encourager — let people know you are there to support them and help them out, especially in uncomfortable situations. And don’t be afraid to bring someone along with you when meeting new people - it can help someone feel more at ease in those situations.

Leverage your gift of connecting people to open doors, build bridges and offer support when needed. 

Next steps for StrengthsFinder woo.

As you learn to lead using your woo strength, you can winsomely transform people from being strangers to becoming friends.

No more watching others struggle with awkwardness at social gatherings. You can help them feel connected and known.

Your leadership is uniquely suited to bring people together and help them find common ground. You can be the catalyst that helps others build meaningful relationships and form strong, connected teams. 

Action Plan

You don’t have to be the leader of a group or organization to lead in this way. When you help others feel at ease and connect with each other, you are leading them in a different but powerful way.

Leaders with woo can struggle with an antipattern of manipulation. 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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