Strengths for Leadership

CliftonStrengths for Students is an effective tool to help in learning about yourself and what areas you excel in.

How can you incorporate your talents into your role as a student leader?

StrengthsGraphic9The following are reflection questions to help you think about your talents as a leader:

  • In what leadership positions have you excelled in the past?
  • What helped you to succeed in those positions?
  • What leadership domains are your talent themes in?
  • What are ways you could use your talents to energize other group members?
  • What aspect of your leadership role is most exciting to you?

Developing your leadership qualities as a student can be a mighty stepping-stone for professional and career success. Gallup categorizes its 34 talent themes into four domains of leadership: Executing, Relationship Building, Strategic Thinking, and Influencing. Identifying your domains of leadership that you excel in can help you to be a self-aware and intentional leader. By talking about talents with other students and also helping them identify their own leadership domains, you can create a Strengths-based group. As a student leader, you can learn to leverage your talents to optimize and maximize your team’s potential, whether in classes or organizations.

Activities

  • Picture of Excellence is an activity to facilitate identifying qualities of other leaders as well as identifying what times you have done your best.
  • Talents and Performance provides a worksheet to assist in using your talents to accomplish a challenge or goal you are facing in your leadership role.
  • Leadership Domains shows how each talent theme is categorized so you can identify what your top leadership domains are.

StrengthsGraphic24Resources

  • Finding Your Leadership Strengths by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie: Research supports that effective leaders are those who have a high level of self-awareness. This article will help you grasp this concept and emphasize the importance of knowing your strengths.
  • The Strengths of Leadership: “Leaders who really understand their strengths find their way of leading” says Tom Rath. Check out an exclusive GMJ Q&A with Tom Rath and Barry Conchie to learn more about strengths based leadership.
  • What Makes a Great Leadership Team? by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie: This article provides you with an overview of the four domains of leadership and how they relate to one’s talents.