In this episode about the Strength of Responsibility, we learn how people exceptionally talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. While everyone values honesty and loyalty, those with Responsibility take it further. Listen in to learn more!

About Julia Waller

Julia Waller is a team leader and Unique Ability® coach with Strategic Coach®, an organization focused on helping highly successful entrepreneurs and their teams to expand their entrepreneurial freedom. She is the creator and pioneering coach of The Unique Ability® Discovery Process, which she has used over the past two decades to help the entire Strategic Coach team to define their unique set of talents and the passion that drives them. Julia’s own Unique Ability is “making meaningful connections that integrate the parts of a whole and create a path for people to grow and fully express who they are.”

Additionally, Julia is a co-author of two books on Unique Ability, the latest being Unique Ability® 2.0: Discovery, in which she walks readers through a step-by-step process to help them arrive at a clear, concise and well-articulated understanding of their own Unique Ability.

Julia Waller, Unique Ability Specialist, Toronto Office, Strategic Coach

Julia Waller: Unique Ability Specialist, Toronto Office, Strategic Coach

Julia’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder Strengths

  1. Maximizer
  2. Connectedness
  3. Developer
  4. Responsibility
  5. Relator

Key Takeaways

  • If you have high Responsibility, you honor your commitments. Should you ever not be able to follow through, you do everything you can to make up for it.
  • High Responsibility comes with high ethics and integrity.
  • People with high Responsibility believe that being on time is actually being 10 minutes early. Being “on time” is actually late!
  • Responsibility in overuse shows up as over-commitment. It then allows other people around you to under-commit.
  • Responsibility has difficulty trusting that someone else is going to follow through and they know they can do it. But when you do that, you do not honor those around you. Use your Responsibility theme to think about how you can honor someone else’s Strengths and help them achieve autonomy.
  • Responsibility needs room to act—it cannot handle micro-management.
  • Responsibility also needs clear communication, clear expectations and clear measures.

Listen in now!

Time-Stamped Show Highlights

  • [3:46] – How Julia’s top 5 Strengths work together
  • [4:29] – The one compliment that feeds Julia’s Responsibility

“I can count on you. I can trust you.”

  • [5:43] – Responsibility in children

It is amazing how young this shows up!

  • [8:44] – Nurture versus nature when it comes to Strengths

A lot of it is hard-wired, but the environment you are brought up in can make a difference. In the end, however, it doesn’t really matter. Let’s take your talents and Strengths and create value with them.

  • [15:09] – How Responsibility shows up differently in people

You may not have high Responsibility, but you may have other strategies you use to get things done.

  • [17:45] – Mitigating your weaknesses by living in your Strengths
  • [19:44] – Tips to increase responsibility even if your Responsibility talent is lower on your list

Find a teammate who can complement you. Use technology to help you honor your commitments. Rely on your other Strengths to help you follow through.

  • [23:38] – Responsibility’s contributions
  • [26:31] – How to make the right amount of commitments

I have to spend time maximizing and then managing my Strengths. It’s also important to recognize that you do not have to be the one to do everything.

  • [30:04] – Using your Responsibility to honor those around you
  • [33:20] – Julia’s final thoughts for individuals with high Responsibility

We like to be able to get our results on our own, without someone checking up on us or micromanaging us. Once we commit, we will follow through. So let your manager or partner know how you work to give you that freedom and independence you need.

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