Document Type

Presentation - Oral - to academic peers, less than or equal to 1 hour

Leaders Can Maximize Resources Boldly by Utilizing Clifton StrengthsFinder



Date of Activity

Fall 9-29-2022



Scholars and lay people alike believe that leaders have a tremendous effect on the success or failure of their organization’s mission (Bradberry & Greaves, 2005). Of particular interest to many researchers is the search for a link between teacher/leader characteristics and academic success. Educators with high EI are adept at recognizing feelings in themselves and others, which enables them to manage their emotions as well as to perceive and respond well to the emotions of others (Goleman, 1998; Mayer & Salovey, 1997; and Caruso (2004a, 2004b). Further, these researchers stress that if professors and staff can manage their emotions, they increase the chances that their decisions will be more easily embraced by those that follow. The primary purpose of this study was to help educators and students to identify individual strengths/talents via the CliftonStrengths Assessment.

Methods The primary focus of this study was to help faculty, staff and students understand their strengths. The CliftonStrengths online survey was given to those who are interested in examining their strengths. Descriptive statistics were calculated.


Of the 41 participants, the vast majority (86%) self-reported that this activity was beneficial for their future practice. The highest category was Relationship building (44%) specifically Empathy (15%) was the highest strength.


In order to have a positive work environment, it is important that individuals are aware of their CliftonStrengths. To be happy, positive, productive members of the work environment, people need to be able to work in their areas of Strengths. If people can spend 80% of their time working within their identified areas of strengths there is a greater likelihood that their work environment is a positive and healthy one.

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