With Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ushering legal opinions from her hospital bed, it has me thinking about the Consistency® strength. Whether it is Constitutional law or your own personal code of ethics, Consistency® loves when things can be objectively black and white. Rules have a great way of achieving that! Regarding the Supreme Court, it is easy to see that justices rely on legal opinions, federal laws, and the constitution for that structure. For most Consistency® folks, their rules might be less obvious. I’ve seen them come in the form of set routines, always present politeness and manners, strict adherence to norms and policies at work, and unwritten non-negotiables (Example: No dirty dishes in the sink.).
A mature Consistency®, like RBG, is not afraid to own up to her love of rules and structure. This empowers her to unabashedly live on the balcony with her strength. However, a lot of people with Consistency® are timid to embrace this love, primarily because rules and structure can get a bad rep. In Consistency’s® defense, it is in the Executing domain, meaning the rules empower people to objectively complete tasks and fairly treat people. Now, that’s honorable!
Previously, Consistency® was called Fairness by Gallup®. People with this talent are motivated to set up a routine system of doing things for the purpose of ensuring their job is done well and fairly. Thus, whether it is written or not, Consistency® believes everyone should follow the same set of rules for fairness sake. This is clear with RBG. Her most famous cases as an attorney were for gender equality. And, despite her infamous dissents, she still believes in the process of the law and that everyone must abide it. This is why she and all other supreme court justices firmly keep their opinions within the court of law. Unlike politicians, they do not resort to news programs or social media to further influence the law or public opinion because they believe that is outside their jurisdiction.
I would not be surprised to find the majority of the Supreme Court Justices with the Consistency® strength. This is why lifetime appointments work well for the court, at least in terms of strengths. Consistency® puts a lot of time and effort into creating highly functioning structures. Change, like limited termed appointments, could easily disrupt that. So, the more constant variables in a Consistency’s® life the better. In other words, a steady bench empowers the Consistency® justices to protect human rights as best they can.
Moreover, big changes can throw Consistency® into a tailspin unless they can find a way to double down on their strength. In RBG’s case, she doubles down! When she was in law school, her husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer and she was responsible for taking care of him and their small children. Given the time period of the 1950’s, it would have been very easy and understandable for RBG to drop out of school to take care of her family. Instead, she went into overdrive Consistency® and built a system where she continued her coursework, took notes and typed papers for her husband, cared for her family, AND made Harvard Law Review. Incredible! There was no room to cater to special circumstances or emotional whims, but her solid system saw her and her family through… and to success.
Buckling down and going through the routine is a common thread in Consistency® success stories. If you have Consistency®, think about a similar time for yourself and identify what were the structures that made you successful. Could those be replicated? If you know someone with Consistency®, respect their need for objectivity and order. Ask them about the rules or “rules” in their life.
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