The feast day of St. Katherine Drexel is celebrated on March 3rd. St. Katherine Drexel is the Patron Saint for racial justice. The story is told that she was raised in a family who believed that wealth should be used to promote social good. As a result, she was very disturbed by the inequity she saw during a family trip in the American west. She was especially concerned for the obvious poverty of African and Native Americans. Not long after, with encouragement from Pope Leo XIII, she became a Catholic missionary and educator. Her desire to create equality led her to establish Xavier University in New Orleans, the first college specifically for African American Catholics. Her ability to aim her consistency theme to create justice is a great example of how each of us can use our strengths during this Lent season. Read more about St. Katherine Drexel in this SimplyCatholic blog post by Michael R. Heinlein. (LINK)
According to Gallup StrengthsFinder, people exceptionally talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They crave stable routines with clear rules and procedures that everyone can follow.
Stability through predictability works because it seeks a justified and proven approach. The consistency theme resides in the executing theme. Executors get things done for everyone. They don’t just talk about treating everyone with fairness and justice, they demonstrate it. As a result, they know what is right and they will often speak up for the underdog.
It is highly unlikely that those who have consistency as a dominant theme will seek out change for the sake of change or be the first to set a trend. Shaking things up is uncomfortable but they are not paralyzed by past practice if it doesn’t work in the current context. They are at their best and feel most refreshed when surrounded by regular routines. Rules for these individuals are necessary and even exciting especially if the rule helps to create better group processes or measure benchmarks for performance and task completion. Within the school, these staff members can be counted on to help students and colleagues improve habitual activities. These classrooms are ideal for learners who find comfort and safety in this.
Learners who are high in consistency crave routines. They can be easily upset and perceived as rigid when they believe things to be unfair or when others are treated differently. They benefit from the opportunity to dialogue and learn about concepts like fairness, equality, and when exceptions should be applied so that they do not overlook the uniqueness of each individual.
Look for team members high in the consistency theme when standards, practices, and norms are needed to find solutions to current problems.