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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.


Webinar: Incorporating Strengths into Departments and Classrooms

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 top 5 Strengths.

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

Gallup Resources: There are many great books and other resources on utilizing Strengths that can be found through Gallup's Website.

Helpful Links

Gallup Education Practice website

Gallup events (includes free webinars)

Gallup Strengths

K-State Career Center: "Strengths and Your Career"

Purchase an access code

StrengthsQuest Basics and Backings

All 34 Themes Full Description

This PDF provides full descriptions of all 34 CliftonStrengths themes.

StrengthsQuest Guide Book

An introduction to strengths-based development.

Strengths Implementation Guide

Learn about current and future Strengths programs.

Technical Report on the Clifton StrengthsFinder With College Students

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

Activities and Handouts

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

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.

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.