Before We Start...
I believe that an individual should constantly be improving himself/herself. This can be done by individual research and/or learning from experiences, both personal and of others. Constant personal growth allows an individual to rise to new heights. I am regularly listening to podcasts, reading books, and doing general research on topics that interest me in order to gain new tools. This coincides with my learner and input strengths because I am constantly searching for new information that I can store away in case I need it. I practice this in order to be prepared for what the world throws at me. I believe that leaders need to be improving themselves regularly in order to be prepared and set an example for those who follow them.
This value goes hand-in-hand with personal growth because an individual must be open to new ideas in order to accept change. Being open-minded allows an individual to stay adaptable, which is a useful skill in leadership. I often employ an adaptive leadership style when in a challenging environment, stopping to change course if necessary. I am also regularly changing what I want to do with my life because I am receptive to new ideas and paths. My open-mindedness is strategic, as I use it to get me to where I want to go in life.
One of my core strengths is individuation, meaning that I look for what makes others unique. I use this to find subtle traits and skills that others may overlook. This practice allows me to put team members in the roles that best suit their skills and personalities, creating the best team for the task. Individuality also shows up when I meet new people, as I am interested in the one-of-a-kind stories, motivations, and experiences that the other person has. I also like separating myself from the pack, which goes in tandem with my personal growth value.