“Be quick to hear, but deliberate in answering.
– Sirach 5:11 (NRSVCE)
As we enter this season of Advent, we are called to be more deliberative and meditative as we wait in joyful anticipation of Christ’s arrival. The deliberative person is able to thoughtfully prepare for unforeseen circumstances. The deliberative person always has a backup plan if the flight is late, if the internet goes down, or if a project falls behind its timeline. To some, the deliberative strength in the executing theme might look slow, fearful or even aloof. It is, in fact, thoughtful and contemplative. Unit and lesson planning is often a strength of the deliberative educator since they like to plan ahead. Keen to avoid problems, the deliberative strength is often someone who can be counted on to express concern based on caution – this could be to ensure that students or colleagues aren’t negatively impacted, it could be to encourage more reading or research, or it could insist on a more thoughtful plan being presented ahead of taking action.
In the classroom, a deliberative teacher can be counted on to take the time necessary for students to fully understand concepts. Structure and organization is important. This educator might be slow to praise learners but when s/he does it is meaningful and specific. Deliberative learners will benefit from using their planning and organizational strengths to organize classroom events, develop study guides before an exam, and keep track of the content covered during a unit of instruction. Teachers might have to help the deliberative student recognize when planning must move to action – this student could become bogged down in planning an amazing project but then run out of time to execute it. The deliberative strength often accompanies those who value their privacy and do not speak unless they feel certain of their ideas. Therefore, it is important for others to recognize that this is not snobbishness. The deliberative person treads carefully.
This video from the Rock Your Strengths blog features Pastor Joe Magliato explaining how Gideon, who waited to be absolutely certain that God was calling him, represents the deliberative strength.