Do you have the Deliberative strength?

Are you careful? Are you protective? Then you might have the Deliberative strength.

People with the deliberative StrengthsFinder talent theme are described as especially talented in taking serious care in making decisions.  They’re able to anticipate the obstacles and then create a path to avoid those obstacles.

The deliberative strength is ranked number 28 in frequency out of the 34 StrengthsFinder themes so only 11% of the 12 + million assessment takers have deliberative in their top 5 strengths. Deliberative is most likely paired with responsibility at .36 and least likely paired with WOO which is .00.  So it is extremely uncommon to have someone who has the deliberative talent in their top five who also would have WOO which is winning others over in their top five.

We live in a world that values speed however we also need brakes!

I was coaching a CEO and a COO from a manufacturing company.  The CEO had activator so it was all about moving fast.
The chief operating officer had deliberative number one which was like the break for the activator. At times that they would get in conflicts with each other but it was needful to help them make wise decisions. The activator needed to be more cautious, to slow down.  Deliberative needed to ramp up speed so that they could move forward.  But they were a good partnership for each other.  The accelerator and the brake.

People with deliberative strength are extremely aware of what could go wrong.  People with deliberative are risk assessors,
they’re guardians, they’re preventers.  They’re very sensible, very thoughtful, very cautious, very vigilant, who can be risk adverse, very rigorous in the way that they make choices.

Balcony and Basement of Deliberative

The balcony of deliberative is good judgment and they live by the motto, “Haste makes waste.” If you need wisdom on a big decision it would be wise to consult with someone with deliberative. They identify risks and then help you make solid decisions and plans with next steps all while protecting yourself. Like a carpenter they believe it’s better to, “Measure twice. Cut once.”

The power of deliberative is to spot potential land mines in the field of life.
The joy of deliberative is seeing how caution in making decisions pays off.
The beauty of deliberative is seeing the completion of a careful thought out plan.
The hope of deliberative is to protect and prevent harm.

The basement of overusing deliberative, speeding with deliberative, is caution because I scare easily.  They may come across as private, introverted, almost standoffish and fearful.

Deliberative talent see’s that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  They may be seen as hesitant, or a lagger slowing things down.  But they’re not laggers, they’re vigilant.  Keenly observing the details and the potential risk.

A Metaphor of Deliberative.

Picture deliberative like mine sweepers in the military.  The mine sweepers go ahead of the platoon to assess the danger of underground explosives.  By spotting these explosives the mine sweeper then finds a clear path for the troops to follow.  And that’s exactly what deliberative does.  They bring conscientious and need time to think.

If you’re managing someone with deliberative, give them space and time to formulate their thoughts and plans.  People with deliberative love restraint and caution in the face of risk.  What they hate is rash judgment.  James 1:19-20 says, “My dear brothers take note of this.  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

If you’re deliberative be wise to choose roles that you can bring quality, you can bring protection for an organization. Become world class at writing out a process of making decisions then communicating with people.  Make sure you manage fear and use your caution carefully to bring excellence. If life is speeding out of control then acknowledge your need for the deliberative brake. As Jean-Baptiste Moliere the dramatist once said, “Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.”

About the author: Brent O’Bannon coaches individuals, teams, and organizations as the first GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach in the world.  He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and you can learn more at


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