Key areas for professional success

Wingfinder gives you insight into your individual strengths in relation to four key areas of professional success.

Wingfinder is based on 30 years of psychological research, carried out across thousands of scientific studies and analyses that clearly point to four areas, more influential than any others, as components of employability and career success for knowledge-based jobs. Each area comprises different strengths, 25 in total, offering millions of possible unique combinations.

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Connections measures how you manage relationships and how you manage yourself. 8 different strengths are assessed here.

I didn’t expect all the challenges I had to face... it was a learning curve, but I started to find a place for myself.

Carissa Moore, Professional Surfer, 5X World Surf League Champion

If you are direct, you can convey your honest thoughts to others. It allows you to express your ideas clearly, so people know where you stand. This is particularly useful when you're leading a team.


When you're diplomatic you're able to build and maintain good relationships with people at any level. It also makes you a very effective manager of teams — you look after everyone's needs and well-being.


Because you're autonomous you're motivated by personal independence, and prioritize your opinion and needs. You have a clear sense of identity and rely on yourself to achieve your goals.


When you're supportive you're concerned about other people's welfare and have a desire to help and advance others. This is particularly useful if you spend a lot of time working with internal and external partners or teams.


Being emotive enables you to work on projects intensely and self-critically. It's an essential characteristic if you want to stay positive and competent at what you do, especially if your career becomes challenging.


In being balanced you're usually calm in times of stress and difficulty. In the face of adversity you stay level headed. This strength is highly valued by organisations for potentially stressful roles.


To be independent means you work well on your own and are self-reflective. You enjoy your own company and prefer to remain under the radar. It's a quality that helps you focus on your own work and performance, and gives you the opportunity to prove yourself.


Being sociable is a strength that helps you build new relationships and maintain existing ones. Chances are you're happy in outward-facing roles that require a high level of interaction, and have built up a good network of contacts.


Creativity measures how you adapt, create alternatives and seek out novel information or experiences. 6 different strengths are assessed here.

Today's idea isn't going to last, you need to anticipate.

Jimmy Spithill, Youngest Skipper to win the America's Cup

To be Classical means you stay true to your principles and prefer to rely on the tried-and-tested and the familiar. Many leaders possess this strength — it allows them to give a clear sense of direction to their teams.

Open to experience

Openness to Experience is a strength that helps you appreciate novelty, diversity and innovation. It enables you to navigate complex and changing environments and is essential for adapting to modern organisations.


Those who are focused have the ability to concentrate on the problem at hand and follow single trains of thought. This is an increasingly important skill to develop as opportunities for distraction have increased with advances in technology.


Being adaptable is all about your ability to cope with, and even embrace, change. This gives you an advantage as you're able to successfully adjust to changing goals and objectives at work, making you a flexible team member. You're not too bound by rules and routines. Because your ideas change from one moment to the next, you crave freedom and flexibility.


To be pragmatic means you stay grounded and avoid unnecessary complexity. It also means you take a sensible, real-world approach and that you're good at delivering physical results rather than just talking about what you'd like to do.


Your innovative strength means you're able to generate original ideas and apply them in useful ways. It shows you're able to think differently and take the lead on how things should be done. Your original thinking makes you stand out. You prefer to avoid the obvious route when it comes to problem-solving and you're always looking to find a new angle — an idea that no one's tried before.


Thinking looks at your ability to reason abstractly and solve complex problems.

I rarely ever make the same mistake twice.

Miles Chamley-Watson, Fencer, 2x Olympian

As an agile thinker, you excel at solving complex problems. With your logical processing capabilities you're able to quickly process situations as you take in a great deal of information and are able to easily spot solutions amongst all this information.


As someone who's analytical, you're very good at solving complex problems of logic and you familiarize yourself with work tasks quickly. You work methodically and are able to weigh alternatives critically, a valuable skill in many areas of your work.

Balanced Learner

You balance a logical and methodical approach to problem-solving with the intuition of past experience. It's a strength with many practical applications that allows you to investigate new problems whilst pulling in previous learning.

Hands-on Learner

As a Hands-on Learner you approach problem-solving in a practical and straight-forward way. You rely on past experience and common sense to guide you towards the best solution.


Being intuitive means you have a real feel for making quick decisions. Your colleagues value you for your common sense and your ability to use your experience to tackle problems.


Drive measures your motivation, ambition and self-discipline towards pursing goals and handling setbacks. 6 different strengths are assessed here.

When you fall, get right back up. Just keep going and keep pushing it.

Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing, two time World Champion

Being patient is a strength that helps you avoid making risky, ill-judged decisions. You succeed through balancing work, life and relationships as well as grabbing opportunities as they come your way.


You're an Achiever, which means you're ambitious and determined to accomplish great things. This is a quality shared by many successful people. It stops you from settling for ‘good enough' in what you do.


People who are modest appear down to earth and respectful to others. This quality means you are unlikely to underestimate problems and have a natural ability to sense risk. You have an awareness of who you are and who you're not.


Because you're confident, you believe strongly in your own abilities. It's a quality that helps you take the lead, and not be afraid of trying new things.


It's because you're relaxed that you appear so laid back and comfortable 'living in the moment'. It's a characteristic that helps you cope with any changes that go on around you. You tend to get less stressed than most, and you focus on the big picture.


People who are disciplined are good at managing themselves and keeping focused. It's a quality that helps you work in a structured way and deliver efficiently without getting distracted by external factors.

I didn’t expect all the challenges I had to face... it was a learning curve, but I started to find a place for myself.

Carissa Moore, Professional Surfer, 5X World Surf League Champion

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