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Connectedness[1] is one of 34 themes in the CliftonStrengths assessment, belonging to the Relationship Building domain. More information about how this theme is defined can be found on their website.

Connectedness is important to me in a working context. To me, it speaks to taking the backgrounds and skills that we all bring to the table to help one another but then putting ego aside and celebrate the combination of everything that went into the process to create something that no person could have created all on their own. The work becomes a product of the collective. It means that working collaboratively is important, and it is important to make sure it is done thoughtfully and carefully.

One paragraph on the official website in particular speaks to me:[2]

If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system.

We must be very aware of and work against systems of oppression. Designing for accessibility to create things that everyone can experience is very important and can never be ignored. We must create diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments in which everyone feels they belong, and that can only be done by analyzing and dismantling our explicit and implicit biases. And we can—and we must—refuse to build or maintain systems of fraud or war.


  1. Connectedness and CliftonStrengths are registered trademarks of Gallup, Inc. ↩︎

  2. Gallup, Inc. “An Introduction to the Connectedness® CliftonStrengths Theme”. Retrieved 2023-04-16. ↩︎