Developing the Potential in Others

By: Whitney

Developer is a strength where you are talented in recognizing and cultivating the potential in others. According to a book written on CliftonStrengths for Students, it is often that the potential of others may be all that you see in them. It also talks about how you see that no one ever is a complete expert on a given topic. Developers can help people achieve their full potential through the clear picture they have of the other person’s potential. Developers are always trying to help others find success in whatever they are trying to achieve.

Developers can also spot signs of small improvement and derive satisfaction in these improvements. You thrive on seeing people go through even slight changes and knowing you were a part of getting them where they are today. You know the potential for greatness is there and you want to be the person who pulls all of it out of them and help them see the potential that they might not even know is there.

List of strengths with Developer in green

In developing your strength as a Developer you may find your main role in groups is as a facilitator. You want to help the group to be the best it can be. An awesome way of strengthening this facilitative role is through teaching or coaching. You also can observe your friends to become even stronger in your developing skills by sharing your observations with them.

You can use your skills as a developer when studying and in your academic life by helping another person in the class understand concepts they may be struggling with. By explaining these concepts you are helping them to develop their knowledge of the topic and you are also studying the material. You may also find study groups to be helpful in gaining more knowledge of the class.

Careers developers thrive in are those which you can really see the progress that people are going through and the change that happens along with it. A career where you can provide a service to people is one that you would likely find great satisfaction in. A profession where you have the opportunity to work with people one on one and help them to work on their talents is also one a developer would enjoy. Examples of career fields include teaching, counseling, and many others.

I have found I am much like everything described above. I get very excited when I feel like I have truly helped someone achieve a task they did not think was possible. I recently switched my major to elementary education and based on this strength that showed up in my CliftonStrengths for Students results, it was a great choice. I hope to find that in my future, I will have great satisfaction knowing I am laying the foundation for the rest of a student’s education and I really hope they feel I have made a difference in that student’s life.

This also helps to explain the personal goal I have always wanted to achieve of having a positive effect on everyone I meet and hopefully to make a difference in people’s lives for the better. As a developer, I do find I am the person who is always looking for potential in people and I get very frustrated and almost angry when someone puts another person down saying that they will never be able to do a certain task or that they will just never understand a certain topic. This is the Developer showing through in full colors because I do see the potential in others and just do not understand how other people can’t see it.

I leave you with a quote by Barbara Bush that I believe really describes how developers see the world and others around them, “If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”

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