CliftonStrengths®: Competition® – Playing to Win!

by | May 19, 2019 | Strengths

CliftonStrengths® defines this theme as people who “measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.”

You play to win

Your performance stats are important to you, and you will compare yourself to others to see how you stack up.

You want to be the best, and you work hard to win. The game is to win, being number one.

No matter how well you perform, it’s all about outperforming e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e; if you don’t, you’re left feeling crappy.

The comparison game  

Is real for you, it determines how you feel at any given moment, and you can’t help but check where you stand. 

You need to compare, compete, and WIN! 

Playing full out for #1 is key; it will ensure that you perform and finish strong.   

You check your stats

Reviewing your stats to date helps you identify personal records and create a plan to beat previous results.  

Creating games to keep that competitive spirit alive might energize you, like timing a task, washing your car, mowing the lawn, and keeping score.  

Use your scorecard focus to create win-win solutions with others while maintaining your own motivation.  

You know your competition 

Use that knowledge to create a competitive edge for yourself and the company you represent.  

Be selective and intentional with whom you compete. Playing with the best will inspire you and up your game too.  

Your drive is your motivation. 

You create a competitive environment

Your competitive spirit can stimulate innovation and be a catalyst for peak performance.

Place yourself in situations where you can use your strengths to win, and do the same for any team that you manage.

Do make a point to celebrate your and others’ win, especially if you’re a manager.

“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.”
—Michael Jordan


You hate to lose

Creating powerful responses to manage potential “temper tantrums” is crucial, especially when working with others that aren’t as competitive 🙂

I’ve found that reverse psychology often works great as a motivator for people high in Competition. Let’s say that you have a project due tomorrow and you can’t find the time to complete it and if I were to say to you, “I don’t think you can do it by tomorrow,” or similar, would that spur you with an internal “watch me, game on!” or would you simply say “I guess you’re right…”. What’s true for you?

“I’m a pretty good winner. I’m a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win.” —Tom Brady


Do you have Competition® as one of your dominant talents? How do you use your competitive spirit to win in your daily life?

Are you curious about what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Competition® HERE.

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