One of the assessments I enjoy sharing with my leadership clients is the True Tilt Profile. The purpose of this tool is to help clients have a level of awareness in how they show up every day, their natural reaction under stress, their strengths and what happens when that strength is overused. It is simply a starting point, not the defining point.

Four “tilts” are described by this tool. A tilt is a combination of your thinking and feeling tendencies. The four tilts are Connection, Impact, Clarity, and Structure. Each of these tilts is connected with core leadership strengths. We tend to tilt predominantly in one of the four areas, but we need to become agile and tilt according to the context we find ourselves in.

Under stress, the character strengths associated with each tilt can be overused and may cause low productivity, sabotaged projects, loss of revenue and people, and the list goes on. So, this is why I find it important for leaders to understand how they naturally “tilt” and specifically what happens under stress. The good news is that once you are aware of what happens, there’s an opportunity to change your patterns and habits for better results.

Let’s take a closer look at these tilts. As you read note which one you identify with. Does the stress pattern resonate with you?

Do You Tilt Toward Connection?
You love connecting people to ideas and other people. The problem you run into is saying “yes” to everything and everyone. When you’re under stress, you find yourself juggling too many things and become overwhelmed.
Tip: Take a look at your calendar (if you don’t have one, it’s time to get one). And begin practicing saying “no” to at least two things in the next two weeks.

Do You Tilt Toward Structure?
You love everything to be just so. Organization and execution of projects is your thing. Under stress you can become rigid, and lack flexibility and patience with inefficiency.
Tip: Think of a project or person you are dealing with right now that presents a challenge. Consider having more openness and empathy towards them by coming from a place of curiosity instead of judgement. Observe what happens.

Do You Tilt Toward Impact?
You want to change the world and feel strongly about big ideas. You move at lightning speed to accomplish your vision regardless of who is on board. Stress causes false starts and leaves your whole team behind.
Tip: When you get a new idea, take time to slow down and ask others for their thoughts. Consider the feelings of others on your team.

Or Do You Tilt Toward Clarity?
You do your due diligence researching before making any decision. You investigate to find out all the details. However, under stress, you stagnate slipping into the “paralysis analysis” mode when a decision needs to be made.
Tip: Put a time limit on your information gathering stage and make the decision.

The information presented here is simply broad strokes of a larger topic. If you’d like to find out more details and take a True Tilt Profile Assessment, don’t hesitate to visit me at

By Sheeba Varghese