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Relationship Building Domain of CliftonStrengths®

Updated: Jan 25



The CliftonStrengths® Talent Themes are grouped into four Domains: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking. In this post I will talk about the Executing Domain.


People with dominant Relationship Building themes have the ability to build strong relationships that can hold a team together and make the team greater than the sum of its parts. Talents included in this domain are; Adaptability®, Connectedness®, Developer®, Empathy®, Harmony®, Includer®, Individualization®, Positivity® and Relator®.


People who are exceptionally talented in the Adaptability® theme prefer to go with the flow. They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.


This talent on a team will bring calm and order to chaos. They prefer to go with the flow and live in the moment.


People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness® theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.


This talent on a team builds bridges between people and groups, showing how to relate to and rely on each other. They believe that there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.



People exceptionally talented in the Developer® theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from evidence of progress.

This talent on a team helps the group develop bench strength and ensure a successful future for individuals and teams.



People exceptionally talented in the Empathy® theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

This talent on a team will help people feel understood on an emotional level. They can hear the unvoiced questions and needs of others.



People exceptionally talented in the Harmony® theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

This talent on a team will enhance collaboration by reducing friction. They are quick to avert difficult interactions and quickly help find resolutions.



People exceptionally talented in the Includer® theme accept others. They show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them.

This talent on a team will help to ensure everyone is considered, brining a level of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.


People exceptionally talented in the Individualization® theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively.

This talent on a team will help to create a type of team synergy that leads to a more effective and enjoyable experience.



People exceptionally talented in the Positivity® theme have contagious enthusiasm. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

This talent on a team will bring an infectious energy and enthusiasm, making everyone feel better.



People exceptionally talented in the Relator® theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

This talent on a team will help develop strong relationships among members.


As you can see, each talent offers its own way to build relationships. They get heard and take charge! When you are building your team, you will want at least some of these talents represented. Keep in mind what they bring and what they need.


Next up will be the Strategic Thinking Domain!

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