Gideon was just such a man. He had to be sure it was God sending him into battle.Read more
I have been pondering Deliberative as it applies to a Bible hero. In my study of many people, Gideon rose to the top. Deliberative is found in the Executing theme domain. People strong in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.
These people are vigilant observers of potential risk and anticipate things that could go wrong.
Because Gideon showed restraint in the face of risk, he was able to successfully lead a very small army to conquer the enemy in an unbelievable battle!
But the title of "Ultimate Deliberative" goes to Jesus. There are so many examples I could have given on Jesus thinking before He spoke and bringing a thorough and conscientious approach to His work.
* 40 days of fasting in the wilderness
* waiting for 30 years to begin a public ministry
* preparing a place for believers in heaven
After talking to many clients and colleague coaches, several descriptive words have come up over and over again for Deliberative: cautious and careful in the face of risk.
People especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate obstacles.
I have a personal story about a Deliberative person... my husband. Deliberative is pretty far down the list on my 34. However, it's high for my husband.
Before finding out our strengths, I thought my husband was taking extra amounts of time to think about things ... just to irritate me! Then I found out it was a strength. (Who knew?)
Seven years ago I got a dream job! I was making more money than ever before and loving everything I was doing. I really wanted to tear down our whole house and rebuild! Why not?! Right? My husband, who needs to eliminate risk was not for that plan. His plan was a little more conservative. His plan was to pay OFF the house, cars, etc, and be debt free.
Last year my dream job closed and (poof), just like that, I went from 6 figures to zero figures. My husband's Deliberative mind saved our family!
For those of you working (or living) with a Deliberative person... here's a tip. Give them the time they need to think about things. (Sometimes it's a LOT of time!) But when they are ready to execute, their plan has been very well thought out, and risk (real or imagined) have been dealt with long before the project begins.
Your gifts are for others, not for you! Learn to love all 34 themes!
I am SO glad I married someone with Deliberative!
If you have any questions, or are interested in being coached individually or in a group, email me at: RockYourStrengths@gmail.com.