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Theme Thursday is a Gallup Webcast series that dives deep into the Clifton StrengthsFinder Themes, one theme at a time. Gallup expert Curt Liesveld and a panel of guests discuss how each theme impacts them and manifests itself in life.
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Competition: Living for the Victory of the Game - Theme Thursday Season 3
Competition is rooted in comparison. When you look at the world, you are instinctively aware of other people’s performance. Their performance is the ultimate yardstick. No matter how hard you tried, no matter how worthy your intentions, if you reached your goal but did not outperform your peers, the achievement feels hollow. Like all competitors, you need other people. You need to compare. If you can compare, you can compete, and if you can compete, you can win. And when you win, there is no feeling quite like it.
You like measurement because it facilitates comparisons. You like other competitors because they invigorate you. You like contests because they must produce a winner. You particularly like contests where you know you have the inside track to be the winner. Although you are gracious to your fellow competitors and even stoic in defeat, you don’t compete for the fun of competing. You compete to win. Over time, you will come to avoid contests where winning seems unlikely.
Competition isn’t about trying really hard and learning when you try, it is about winning. Competition sometimes gets compared to Achiever. Achiever is about the effort and process to complete, and the excitement is putting in a lot of elbow grease and work. With Competition it can take a little work, or a lot of work. It’s not done until you’ve won.
What does Competition look like as a leader? As an individual it can look like you’re outpacing everyone else, but with a leader it is not just about what you or your team are doing, but how you are comparing to others. This is how leaders can stay ahead of the curve, it is how they can stay in-tuned with their clients and customers, and it is how they can set meaningful benchmarks for their teams that bring a lot of clarity towards forward progress.
There is a developmental nature of noticing heroes and noticing champions. People with high Competition are paying attention to winning. They are paying attention to what works, and who is the very best. They are constantly scanning their team, as well as their competition, discovering who the best is and finding a way to be a part of that. This is a fantastic mentor tool. People with high Competition notice the talent in others, and they do it in such quantifiable ways that often they have never seen that talent in themselves.
Competition in a leader can mean paying attention to celebration. Competition does need a challenge. It needs something to grow, something to i