Strengths-Based Leadership

Individual strengths consultation

Everyone has different strengths, talents, and leadership styles. CliftonStrengths (formerly known as StrengthsQuest or Strengths Finder) can help you discover and maximize your innate talents to achieve success, improve your leadership skills, empower yourself and others, and make powerful, positive contributions that can drive positive outcomes. By completing the CliftonStrengths online, 30-minute assessment, you will learn what your top five talents are and receive a customized report with information to help guide you in how to use your talents most effectively.

There are two ways to participate in our CliftonStrengths person: complete an individual consultation, or participate in a group workshop. Both are offered by request.

Individual Strengths Consultation

Once you have booked an individual strengths consultation, our staff provides you with information that can help you:

  • Learn your individual talents and strengths, with corresponding insights, applications, and action items;
  • Develop your leadership capacity;
  • Gain self-awareness and self-understanding;
  • Create stronger relationships and further develop interpersonal skills;
  • Gain understanding of how to better use strengths in a team setting;
  • Examine a strengths-based perspective and its applications; and
  • Understand the potential shadow sides, or challenges, of your strengths.

To get your access code to take the assessment, register for an individual consultation.


Schedule an individual consultation


Receive an assessment code and take the online assessment (30 minutes)


Get your top five strengths results


Attend either individual consultation (50–60 minutes) or group consultation (2 hours)


Learn how to apply your strengths to academics, student organizations, and professional and interpersonal development


Group Strengths Workshops

Your student group, organization, or class is at its best if its members build on and amplify each other’s strengths. A group strengths workshop can help your group become a stronger, more dynamic, and inclusive team that values each member’s strengths and talents. All strengths workshops are two hours long; we can also divide the workshop into two 1-hour sessions if that is more accessible to your team. A group strengths workshop can help your group:

  • Further foster and develop relationships within your team;
  • Learn what natural talents and strengths each team member brings to the group, and how to better utilize those contributions;
  • Understand how your individual strengths benefit the team;
  • Understand potential shadow sides or challenges that might show up for you on a team;
  • Brainstorm strategies your team can use to work well together to understand what success looks like for your team.

Pre-Group Workshop


Request a workshop online


Schedule a pre-workshop planning meeting with a member of our team


Provide first name, last name, and 95 ID numbers for your group


Receive your access codes


Everyone takes the assessment individually online


Requestor reports each member’s top strengths


Get ready for your workshop!

Prior to the workshop, each group member will need to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment, the results of which the facilitator will use to compile an organizational “map” of the group’s talents. Please note: In the group option, each person will take the assessment, but will not have an individual consultation. They will have the opportunity to learn about their individual strengths during the group workshop.

All requests must be submitted at least three weeks before the workshop. This helps us plan your session and provide you with instructions and steps you need to take prior to your workshop. Only one person (faculty member, leader, or group representative) should fill out the form to request this group strengths workshop. You will then receive an email that outlines next steps, including scheduling the pre-workshop planning meeting. There is no need for all group members to fill out the form separately.

CliftonStrengths Assessment Policies and Procedures

The Holden Center provides an opportunity for UO students to engage in the CliftonStrengths assessment in order to discover and maximize innate talents to achieve success, improve leadership skills, and make positive contributions that can empower others. 

The Holden Center is partially student-fee funded, and we strive to be the best stewards of those funds possible:

  • For any codes that are provided or purchased, the student is required to engage in either an individual consultation or group workshop.
  • For any individual currently enrolled as a UO student with a 95#, the cost to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment and to participate in a standard 60-minute consultation is free (as long as access codes are still available). Students are permitted to take the CliftonStrengths assessment once on the UO platform throughout their time at the university.
  • Departments and larger groups, such as student organizations and classes, will be asked to contribute to cover the costs of the access codes. Each access code is $14.99. We hope to remove as many barriers as possible, so if your group in unable to afford partial or full coverage of the codes, please let us know. We are happy to work with you.
  • Students or groups that do not complete the consultation as required may be charged.
  • Access codes for faculty and staff will cost $14.99. For convenience, we can charge to the appropriate departmental index.
  • Groups must be at least five participants to request a strengths workshop.
  • Based on capacity and needs of the group, some groups may be encouraged to engage in a different version of the CliftonStrengths program. We will communicate more about this as requests are submitted.
  • All group members must complete the online assessment. If this is not the case, our team will need to reschedule the group workshop.

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