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StrengthsQuest

  • What is StrengthsQuest?

StrengthsQuest is a revolutionary engagement program from the Gallup Organization which helps participants focus on developing their strengths rather than their weaknesses.  By developing these talent areas, students can unlock the unique keys to their academic, personal and professional success. Learning the language of the StrengthsFinder can also help in forming and building teams, solving roommate conflicts, setting study schedules, selecting an internship, and understanding others.

StrengthsQuest is a 30-minute assessment that helps individuals discover their talents.  At the end of your assessment you will receive a customized list of your top five talent themes.  In North America, over 600 schools and universities have used the StrengthsQuest test.  Dr. Don Clifton, the founder of Gallup, developed the 180 question assessment that is administered through the Gallup website.

You can find more information about StrengthsQuest by signing into your account and locating the “Online Book” tab, or click here to find other resources.

  • How to take the test:

Students may come to the Office of Student Engagement, located in room 103 of the Thompson Student Center, and receive a free assessment code.  Once you have received your StrengthsQuest access code, click here to begin the assessment.

  • What is a talent? What is a strength? How do they differ?

According to Gallup, "A talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied."  Strengths are developed talents. Strengths are neither innate nor totally dependent on our heredity, but can be discovered and developed so that they bring us stability and persistence.  

According to Gallup, "A strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity. The key to building a strength is to identify your dominant talents, then complement them by acquiring knowledge and skills pertinent to the activity."  In order to fully develop a strength, you must combine your most dominant talents with acquired knowledge, skills and investment. 

For more information on talents and strengths, click here.

  • Why do I only get my top 5?

The purpose of StrengthsQuest is to start you on the path to developing your strengths by helping you discover your most dominant talents. Talents are the "raw materials" required for strengths development, and the more dominant the talent, the greater the opportunity for strength. The Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talents in 34 areas, or "themes," but only reveals your top five themes in order to provide focus on your most dominant talents.

  • How likely is it to have the same Top 5 Talent Themes as somebody else?

The chances of having the exact same Top 5 Talent Themes in the exact order as someone else is 1 in 33.39 million. The chances of having the same Top 5 Talent Themes as someone else (but in a different order) is approximately 1 in 340,000.

  • Learn about your StrengthsQuest Domains

StrengthsQuest classifies the 34 themes into 4 domains: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking.  Click here to learn about your StrengthsQuest Domains.

34 Signature Themes

The Clifton StrengthsFinder measures talent in the following 34 Signature Themes.

To read the full theme descriptions provided by Gallup, click here.

Achiever: 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. Futuristic: People especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
Activator: People especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient Harmony: People especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
Adaptability: People especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time. Ideation: People especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
Analytical: People especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation. Includer: People especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
Arranger: People especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity. Individualization: People especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
Belief: People especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life. Input: People especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Command: People especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions. Intellection: People especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
Communication: People especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters. Learner: People especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Competition: People especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests. Maximizer: People especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something especially talented into something superb.
Connectedness: People especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason. Positivity:People especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
Consistency: People especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them. Relator: People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
Context: People especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past.  They understand the present by researching its history. Responsibility: People especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
Deliberative: People especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles. Restorative: People especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
Developer: 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. Self-Assurance: People especially talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.
Discipline: People especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure.  Their world is best described by the order they create. Significance: People especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.
Empathy: People especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations. Strategic: People especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Focus: People especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act. Woo: People especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

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