People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
– Gallup Inc.
“Relators care deeply and are genuinely interested in others. They are genuinely interested in and attentive to others. Relator is within the relationship theme. As a result, they attract others to them. Relators are usually most comfortable with people and in environments where they can be themselves. They often have a close-knit core group of friends that they trust and prefer to socialize with. In their classrooms, they often know their students well because they enjoy getting to know each of them on a one to one basis. Relators enjoy their work most when they are connected to the people they work with. Relators tend to be open, genuine, caring, and trustworthy. Relators often enjoy becoming involved in extra-curricular activities, especially those with small numbers. Relators are loyal like Ruth whose story is told in the Old Testament. Ruth, who lost her husband, continued to care for her mother-in-law Naomi even though she had no obligation to do so. Carol Anne Mcguire who writes the Rock Your Strengths Blog has put together this video to illustrate the relator strength as told through Ruth:
When working with relators, whether students or colleagues, it is important to invest time in developing a relationship based on trust. Because relators can be effective listeners who are both generous and forgiving they can be counted on to do this. Relators enjoy accomplishing goals with their close friends. Therefore, they rely on other colleagues, teachers and administrators to help them identify when they might be inclined to play favorites or remain within a closed clique rather than considering others who are involved in projects or situations. Since relators need to develop genuine bonds with peers teachers must connect with them regularly. Teachers should plan for environments that encourage trust and opportunities for interactions with peers.