Laker Leadership Programs

Strengths Based Leadership Seminar

Based on StrengthsQuest® (By the Gallup Organization), the Strengths Based Leadership Seminar and Retreat help you discover your strengths and learn how to maximize them in your current and future leadership roles.

Prior to the program, participants take the Clifton StrengthsFinder® a 30-minute web-based assessment of normal personality from the perspective of Positive Psychology to discover their “top 5” talents (strengths), referred to as signature themes. The program not only helps you understand your talents and the talents of others, it helps you further refine your leadership strengths and empowers you to better understand and provide for the needs of your followers based on your unique talents.

The 34 Signatures Themes

Achiever  Connectedness Harmony Relator
Activator Consistency Ideation Responsibility
Adaptability Context Includer Restorative
Analytical Deliberative Individualization Self-Assurance
Arranger Developer Input Significance
Belief Discipline Intellection Strategic
Command Empathy Learner Woo
Communication Focus Maximizer  
Competition Futuristic Positivity  

Read StrengthsQuest®'s take on leadership!

This year, the curriculum for this program will be delivered on a Saturday retreat held on campus. The retreat format is especially recommend for student organization leaders and members to participate in groups of three or more.

Grand Valley State University students are meant to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder® once during their time at GVSU.

Also, if students use the activation code and take the Clifton StrengthsFinder® and fail to show up for the program, their student accounts may be charged for the code used.


Winter 2015 Seminar
March 14, 2015
10:00am-3:00 pm
Kirkhof Center 2266
Registration is now available on Orgsync

At GVSU, StrengthsQuest® is also used with students, faculty, and staff in a variety of contexts; please contact Valerie Jones at with questions.

Interested in a StrengthsQuest® workshop for your student organization, group, or campus department? Several staff members in the Office of Student Life are trained in StrengthsQuest®. Please visit our Request a Presentation, Training, or Consultation page for additional information.

To learn more about StrengthsQuest®, visit

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