List Of Starved CliftonStrengths - Blind Spot Strengths That Masquerade As Your Weakness Zone

CliftonStrengths Blind Spots - How Talents Could Be Perceived As Your Weakness Zone If Your Strengths Are Overused Or Misapplied

Achiever - Work seems more important to you than people do; you might go into "heads-down" mode and become withdrawn from peers; not interactive with team because you're so focused on "get 'r done" mode

Activator - Hasty — because you're so concerned with starting; leaping before looking as a conscious strategy; impatient for careful people — this could show up as a lack of teamwork

Adaptability - Directionless (if others don't see why you're always doing the next new thing) — it can look like your priorities are all over the place; an indiscriminate "Yes man" if you're jumping on every change bandwagon

Analytical - Overly skeptical — decisions can get paralyzed by all of the analysis you want to do; dismissive of feelings or emotions in the workplace

Arranger - Controlling; changes without explaining why; impatient with late adopters

Belief - Stubborn or set in ways; might appear self-righteous, which can confuse your "they're such a good person" reputation; refuses or avoids "meaningless" tasks

Command - Bossy; dictator; insensitive

Communication - Can't stop talking; impatient with those who need time to think

Competition - Sore loser; in-your-face winner

Connectedness - Flaky; out of touch; not realistic

Consistency - Rules over results; tries to standardize art; squashes creativity

Context - Stuck in the past; slow to move forward; rehashing

Deliberative - Hesitant; slow to respond; Dr. No

Developer - Obsessively helping low performers; pushing those who aren’t ready; imposing helper

Discipline - Resistant to change; rigid

Empathy - Bleeding heart; drama finder; drained by negative emotions

Focus - Miss the journey; ignores people in favor of the goal; single-minded or obsessive

Futuristic - Impractical; moves before people are ready; head in clouds

Harmony - Conflict avoidant; passive with opponents; shuts down around conflict

Ideation - Impractical; all over the place; all talk, no action

Individualization - Sacrifices group for individuals; rule disregarder; inefficient catering to styles

Includer - Indiscriminate; resents selectivity; indecisive if a voice is missing

Input - Packrat; hoarder of ideas and things; bogged down in research or study

Intellection - Grammar police; aloof; in your own world

Learner - Not prioritized; focused on the irrelevant; bored

Maximizer - Picky; never satisfied; takes on too much

Positivity - Naive; Pollyanna; avoidant of “downer” issues

Relator - Cliquish; alliances with cronies; protective of friendships

Responsibility - Can’t say no; martyr project saver; resents that others don’t volunteer

Restorative - Negative; weakness-oriented; critical

Self-Assurance - Arrogant; overconfident; know it all

Significance - Attention hound; showboat; superficial

Strategic - Always trying something different; blazes trails without change management; hates being questioned

Woo - Phony, politician; superficial; cares too much what others think

This section describes how you might be perceived when the shadow side of your talent is showing. Carl Jung is the psychologist famous for introducing the idea of "shadow sides" or "dark sides" to your natural patterns, yet many people never identify them because there are few how-to guides. In corporate life, we often call them blind spots. It's stuff that others can see in you, yet you are not aware of the impact on others - which can negatively impact how you're perceived at work.

Your shadow sides often show up when you’re overusing, misapplying, or squashing down one of your natural talents rather than investing in it to turn it into a strength. That's right - sometimes your dark side is not your weakness zone. We actually call these blind spot strengths.

You may have had feedback in your career about these blind spots, and you left thinking that they're things you're bad at. We often see people starve, squash, or ignore their talents when they assume that way of thinking or acting is not valued on their team. Imagine: if you could take these strong patterns in you and refine them, you could turn them into one of your greatest strengths.

Check out this list and pick 1-2 that may represent you when you're at your worst. Think of those moments when your patience is low, you're feeling grumpy, or you're triggered by something that drives you crazy. That's when the shadow side of your talents is most likely to show up.

Alliances with cronies


Always trying something different


Attention hound

Avoidant of “downer” issues

Blazes trails without change management

Bleeding heart

Bogged down in research or study



Can’t say no

Can’t stop talking

Cares too much what others think

Changes without explaining why


Conflict avoidant





Dismissive of “feelings”

Dr. No

Drained by negative emotions

Drama finder


Focused on the irrelevant

Grammar police


Hates being questioned

Head in clouds

Heads-down, withdrawn from team


Hoarder of ideas and things

Ignores people in favor of the goal

Impatient with careful people

Impatient with late adopters

Impatient with those who need time to think

Imposing helper


In his/her own world

In-your-face winner

Indecisive if a voice is missing


Inefficient catering to styles


Know it all

Leaps before looking

Martyr project saver

Miss the journey

Moves before people are ready



Never satisfied

Not interactive with team

Not prioritized

Not realistic

Obsessively helping low performers

Out of touch


Overly skeptical


Paralyzed by analysis

Passive with opponents

Phony, politician



Protective of friendships

Pushing those who aren’t ready

Refuses “meaningless” tasks


Resents selectivity

Resents that others don’t volunteer

Resistant to change


Rule disregarder

Rules over results

Sacrifices group for individuals


Set in ways


Shuts down around conflict

Single-minded or obsessive

Slow to move forward

Slow to respond

Sore loser

Squashes creativity

Stuck in the past


Takes on too much

Tries to standardize art


Work more important than people

“Yes man”