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StrengthsQuest is a revolutionary engagement program from the Gallup Organization which helps participants focus on developing their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

The program encourages awareness of personal strengths potential and helps participants approach all aspects of their achievement from a strengths-based perspective. Through this approach, participants are empowered to create actionable, strategic plans which use their greatest talents to build strengths.

With over 3,000 members of the WSU community participating in StrengthsQuest (SQ) annually, it has become the backbone of leadership development at WSU. Focusing on your natural strengths, SQ helps students learn what makes them a success.

What is the assessment?

Referred to as the “Assessment”, the Clifton StrengthsFinder is an online assessment tool that reveals a participant's five greatest areas of talent, as well as a website with interactive features such as action plans, discussion boards, and more. Developed by Dr. Don Clifton, the founder of Gallup, the assessment is 180 questions administered through the Gallup website.

How can I take the assessment?

Students may come to the Department of Student Involvement & Leadership, located in the Shepherd Union, 326, and sign up for a code. Level one workshops are held the last Thursday of each month from 4-6 p.m., and are free for students, so long as they attend the workshop. Faculty and Staff may also participate in open workshops, or they may schedule their own time with the L.E.A.D Team. There is a one-time fee of $13 for participants to take the assessment.

Why do I only get my top five?

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.

I have already completed level one and would like to learn more … where do I go to find out more?

The Key to StrengthsQuest is to continually develop your strengths. To this end, WSU offers 12 distinct workshops and one-on-one mentoring in Strengths development. To find out when the next workshop is, please contact us:

StrengthsQuest Resources