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K-State CliftonStrengths for Students offers several strengths-based services designed to help students, faculty, and staff learn how to leverage their strengths.

Workshops: Strengths Advocates and Champions welcome the opportunity to speak with your club, class, department, or living group about CliftonStrengths for Students. To learn more about our strengths workshops, visit this page. To request a workshop for your organization, please fill out this request form*.

*We cannot guarantee requests made less than two weeks prior to your preferred program date.

Peer Coaching: The K-State CliftonStrengths Peer Coaching program provides students with opportunities to meet with strengths-knowledgeable peers, so that they may better understand and leverage their StrengthsFinder top 5 talents.

To learn more about peer coaching, visit this page. To participate, please fill out this request form.

You are also welcome to browse our strengths resource library below. Brief theme descriptions of each talent can be found here.

StrengthsQuest Basics and Backings

All 34 Themes Full Description

This PDF provides full descriptions of all 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder themes.

Clifton StrengthsFinder Technical Report

This is a valuable resource for researchers interested in in-depth statistical information and an overview of the research underpinning the development and validation of the Clifton StrengthsFinder.

Strengths-Based Development in Practice

Strengths research, theory, and reviews of strengths-based developmental interventions and the relationships between strengths-based development and employee engagement, hope, subjective wellbeing, and confidence.

StrengthsQuest Guide Book

An introduction to strengths-based development.

Strengths Implementation Guide

Learn about current and future Strengths programs.

StrengthsQuest User Guide

This guide will help those new to Strengths get started using Gallup's website.

Technical Report on the Clifton StrengthsFinder With College Students

Report on the reliability, validity, and use of the Clifton StrengthsFinder instrument.

Helpful Links

Gallup Education Practice website

Gallup events (includes free webinars)

Gallup Strengths

K-State ACIC "Strengths and Your Career"

Purchase an access code

Subscribe to Gallup's free, monthly "Strengths Insights Newsletter"

Activities and Handouts

60 in 60: Creating Moments That Matter

Sixty strengths teaching and learning strategies that provide opportunities to use strengths every day and create "moments that matter."

Barrier Labels handout

Building Strengths handout

Career Activities

Quick activities to help students communicate their strengths in interviews, resumes, and conversations.

Five Clues to Talent handout

Getting the Most out of Your Clifton StrengthsFinder Report

My Strengths and How I Use Them handout

Picture of Excellence handout

Scavenger Hunt handout

Talents and Performance handout

Theme Dynamics handout

Your Role and Your Signature Themes handout

Activities are designed for use in programs, classes, or sessions.

Articles and Research

Debunking Strengths Myth No. 1 No. 2No. 3No. 4

Several articles that debunk commonly accepted myths about people's talents and strengths and how they are applied at work and in life.

Developing Students to Be Their Best

Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully

Driving Engagement by Focusing on Strengths

Gallup has found that if your manager focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged at work are only 1 in 100.

Finding Your Leadership Strengths and The Strengths of Leadership

Research shows that effective leaders must possess a high level of self-awareness. But too many leaders are blind to their own strengths and weaknesses.

Fulfilling the Promise: Strengths at Community and Technical Colleges

An overview of best practices in strengths development.

Major Developments in Positive Psychology

A study of what is right and positive about people and how educators can promote college student development.

Managing Your Weaknesses

We are constantly forced to cope with our own weaknesses or those of the people we work with.

Positive Psychology and Higher Education

Positive Psychology promotes human strengths and enhances the knowledge, talent, and contributions of students.

Probing the Dark Side of Employees' Strengths

Is there a "dark side" to strengths? This article probes these vexing questions and offers surprising (and reassuring) answers.

Strengths: A Global Language

How can an executive make sure everyone is figuratively "speaking the same language" in a globalized economy?

The Clifton StrengthsFinder and Student Strengths Development

A summary and critique of existing strengths-based educational research using the Clifton StrengthsFinder.

The Genius and Beauty of Strengths

Learn the genius coauthor of StrengthsQuest saw in each of the StrengthsFinder talent themes.

The Innovation Equation

A recent Gallup study of the U.S. workforce reveals this simple yet powerful formula: strengths development + engagement = innovation. 

Why Partners Need Complementary Strengths

The best partnerships happen when you join forces with someone who has strengths that complement yours.

What Makes a Great Leadership Team?

One of the core principles of strengths management is that people don't need to be well-rounded to succeed.