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The purpose of this activity is to have students identify their top five Signature Themes with the CliftonStrengths assessment tool and discuss those results with a partner. Students will use this information to identify their leadership domains in lab and have the opportunity to use their improved self-awareness to complete other activities as assigned and work effectively as a team.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe your top five CliftonStrengths from the StrengthsFinders 2.0 Assessment.

  2. Reflect on these CliftonStrengths with a partner.

  3. Define leadership.

Foundational Knowledge Required

StrengthsFinders 2.0 Assessment, knowledge of Strengths-Based Leadership and theory of StrengthsFinders

Suggested Resources
  • Rath T. StrengthsFinders 2.0. New York, NY: Gallup Press; 2007.

  • Rath T, Conchie B. Strengths-based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. 18th ed. New York, NY: Gallup Press; 2008.

Assignment Instructions

This activity requires the student to first complete the StrengthsFinders 2.0 Assessment individually either by purchasing the assessment themselves or using an assessment code provided by course instructors.1 Students then define their Top 5 CliftonStrengths, reflect on their CliftonStrengths with a friend or family member, and define leadership within the Leadership Prelab Activity worksheet prior to coming to class. The worksheet is designed to be completed individually and leads students through a self-assessment of their leadership strengths and tendencies.

In class, the worksheet is discussed with a partner to ascertain how their leadership qualities may be observed by others.


After activity completion, facilitators may discuss results of activity with students to build upon self-assessment and reflect upon results. This can be accomplished through one-on-one discussion or group facilitation.


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Rath  T. StrengthsFinders 2.0. New York, NY: Gallup Press; 2007.

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