Office of Student Leadership and Engagement


The Father of Strengths-Based Psychology, Donald O. Clifton, spent over 50 years of his career on developing and finely tuning the assessment bearing his name, The Clifton Strengthsfinder (also known as Strengths Quest).

The Clifton Strengthsfinder is a web-based assessment containing numerous questions with personality descriptors. You are asked to choose the descriptor that describes you the best (how you are presently not how you would like to be in the future) and to choose the extent to which that option is descriptive of you. Each question gives you 20 seconds to respond. The assessment results in a list of your top five Strengths out of the 34 Strengthsfinder© skills.

Find out your Strengths!

The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement offers you the opportunity to take this assessment and provides facilitated discussion about its personal and organizational uses. You can get this experience free of charge at one of our Open Sessions taking place this semester. An RSVP is required to attend. To RSVP, email Erin Williamson at least 3 days before your desired session date. 

Open Sessions Dates:

September 30th at 12:30pm in Azalea Coast, FUU 2001

November 2nd at 4:00pm in Azalea Coast, FUU 2001

Open sessions will feature both of our standard workshops:

Strengths 1.0: My Strengths and How I Use Them

This workshop is ideal for individuals new to StrengthsFinder. Facilitators provide context on StrengthsFinder, participants' individual Strengths, and make connections outside of the student group or classroom context. After participating in the Strengths 1.0 workshop, participants will be able:

  • Articulate one benefit of Strengths-based leadership
  • List and describe their Top 5 Strengths
  • Give an example of each of their Top 5 Strengths in action
  • Connect their Strengths to the appropriate Strength domain
  • Articulate how their Strengths apply to other contexts

Strengths 2.0: Strengths and Others

After participating in Strengths 1.0, dive deeper into Strengths with Strengths 2.0. This workshop will focus on applying StrengthsFinder knowledge towards working with groups and teams. This workshop can be geared toward specific work or staff teams to maximize teamwork and knowledge about each other. After participating in the Strengths 2.0 workshop, participants will be able:

  • List and describe the four Strength domains
  • Give one example of others' Strengths in action
  • Apply Strengths to role expectations within team or other context (office, organization, etc.)
  • Communicate two ways to incorporate Strengths into ongoing group or team development

Request a Workshop!

If you have an interest in having Strengthsfinder© facilitated for your student group/class/organization, please contact Erin Williamson in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. StrengthsFinder has previously been presented to the Campus Life Staff, Campus Life Student Workers, the Student Government Association Cabinet, the Student Leadership and Engagement Professional and Student Staff, and The Career Center Staff.

Purchasing the StrengthsFinder Assessment

For StrengthsFinder Workshop requests, The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement does not provide codes to take the online assessment needed to participate. Individuals or groups interested in taking part in this opportunity can purchase codes the following ways:

  • Purchase the book from The current cost of the book is $15.99 and includes one code to take the assessment and a hardcover book to reference for your top five strengths and the strengths of others.
  • Purchase a code and download the e-book! This option also costs $15.99. Purchase codes here.