StrengthsFinder defines it as: People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
My last teaching job had me working with a teacher who had Developer as #1. She was constantly looking for areas of potential in her students. She noticed even the smallest of improvements and celebrated each milestone. It was such a joy to work with someone like this! Her ability to work with and inspire her students was amazing to watch. (Shannon- this one is for you!)
The art: I thought for a long time on how to draw this sketch. Nothing came to mind but a picture of parents walking with their child, helping him to take steps and encouraging his progress. But when my mentor, Curt Liesveld, passed away a few weeks ago, his passion for photography made me think of Developer in a whole different light. Just as in developing film, a Developer looks for areas of improvement and is patient with the time it takes to get a good product.