K-States Top Five
K-State has made strides in the last year towards becoming a Strengths based campus. Utilizing the Gallup Strengths Center, each K-State freshman was provided a code to use the Strengths Discovery package. In this package, Gallup has identified 34 strengths that exist, at some level, within everyone. These strengths range from “achiever” to “woo" (winning others over), from “input” to “executing.” Gallup asserts that “each person has ‘signature strengths,’ which dominate their actions and behaviors”- their top 5. Now, thanks to a partnership with Gallup, students across our campus know their top 5 Strengths. These strengths provide tools for instruction in classrooms and organizations. Strengths play a big role, now, in the LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts class.
With the help of a group of K-State students called “Strengths Advocates,” strengths are becoming a common language across campus. This shared understanding is helping students maximize their potential as well as impacting other areas of student life. In fact, K-State was highlighted in the Gallup Strength Center “Coaches Playbook” for using Strengths in the Student Body President and Vice President debates. Read the article here:
Strengths Advocates are working to make sure members of our K-State family are taking advantage of strengths. During the week of February 4-8, Strengths Advocates hosted a Strengths Awareness week. Among presentations and facilitations on how to best use your strengths, the Strengths Advocates also hosted a booth in the Union for students to vote on their favorite Strengths. The winners were empthay, woo, developer, achiever and harmony. We asked members of the K-State family reflect on where they see these strengths highlighted across campus.
People especially talented in the Discipline theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others' lives or others' situations.
K-State Proud's motto of "Student Helping Students," correlates with the strength of empathy. Every student that makes a donation knows that it is going to help a student in need. Students do not ask who it is going to or for the exact situation, but K-State students understand that there is a need and they want to help meet it. More than 300 students have been kept at K-State because of K-State Proud and the empathy shown by those who donate.
-Kyle Reynolds, 2012-2013 K-State PROUD co-chair
People especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They desire satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
Woo stands for "winning others over" and I see this as a strength in the K-State family, especially when interacting with prospective students! As an Admissions Representative I get to work with a team of faculty members, current students, and alumni to help bring others into the K-State family. Working with this kind of team, I see firsthand the energizing environment that pulls future student and families in. At recruitment events, K-Staters are known for initiating conversation with students and making quick connections. I am proud to be part of a family that is able to build rapport and make students feel comfortable. I love having a job where I can meet so many new people and bring them in to this family!
-Katie Kozacek, K-State Admissions Representative
People especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
I see a developer as a person who can get an idea from abstraction to reality. We need developers to bring our wishes to reality. We in academics develop many things: new courses, new ways of teaching, new student opportunities, new faculty and staff opportunities.
-April Mason, K-State Provost
People especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
Each day, I see "Achiever" shine through as one of K-State's greatest strengths. Throughout our school's history, students and faculty haven't shied away from setting big goals and following through to make sure we reach them. It can be seen in the amazing achievements of our student organizations, research labs, and extension offices throughout the state. K-State 2025, the university's visionary plan, is a perfect example of "Achiever" shining through. We're a goal-oriented campus dedicated to getting a little better every day - the perfect attitude for a university and student body striving to achieve like never before.
-Brett Seidl, Greek Chapter President
People especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don't enjoy conflict, rather, they seek areas of agreement.
Throughout my day I see harmony on the K-State campus through attending different student group meetings and events. One student group that I work with a lot is Student Government and each leader works toward perfecting the harmony of our campus. Everything from student privilege fee dollars to debating an allocation to a student group with the main goal of putting students first, K-Staters seem to know that working in harmony is the best way to achieve our goal.
-Grant Hill, 2012-2013 Student Body Vice President
Interested in learning more about Strengths and how you can maximize your potential? Want to implement Strengths in your workplace? Visit https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/ to learn how!
According to Gallup…
People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job.
Teams that focus on strengths every day have 12.5% greater productivity.
Teams that receive strengths feedback have 8.9% greater profitability.
Reflect on that!