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Explore Your Strengths

Why CliftonStrengths®?

Here at West Virginia University, we use CliftonStrengths® as a tool to help you learn more about how you show up for yourself and others in a variety of ways. Based on years of positive psychology research, the strengths assessment measures natural patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Learning your top strengths will give you insight into your unique talents, to help you learn more about what you’re naturally good at and how to apply those talents productively. Learn how to apply your strengths academically, in the career space, leadership and even wellbeing areas. By leaning into your strengths, you’ll be able to grow and develop your skills to help you continue to pursue the things you're passionate about as you build community.

  • Graduates who align their work with their interests, values and strengths are roughly 3x more likely to experience high purpose in work.

  • The odds of undergraduate student thriving in their wellbeing increase by 4.1x if they strongly agree: “At this school I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.” 

  • The odds of undergraduate student thriving in their wellbeing increase by 3.6x if they strongly agree: “I apply my strengths at school.” 

  • The odds of undergraduate student thriving in their wellbeing increase by 3.3x if they strongly agree: “I use my strengths in many situations.”  

  • The odds of undergraduate student thriving in their wellbeing increase by 3.0x if they strongly agree: “I know my strengths.” 

Getting Started

To take your CliftonStrengths® assessment, you can request a code by emailing purpose@mail.wvu.edu. The assessment measures your natural patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Questions are timed and the full assessment takes about 30 minutes or less. Assessments are free of charge for current students, faculty and staff.

You’ve taken your strengths, now what?

Once you’ve completed your CliftonStrengths® assessment, take some time to read through your insights guide. Highlight or underline words or phrases that really resonate with you. Then start to build on your knowledge by participating in one of our CliftonStrengths® workshops, pods, or a 1:1 coaching session. Much like purpose, Strengths show up holistically and we can invest in them through academics, careers, wellness, and social interactions.

Individual Coaching Sessions

In these free 45-60 minute sessions, you can learn more about your individual strengths, how they work together to help you be successful, how they might get in your way, and how you can apply them holistically. You will meet individually with a Gallup® certified strengths coach in-person or virtually. You will get to choose what you want to learn about your strengths and how you want to apply them. This time is dedicated for you to invest in yourself. You can  fill out this form to register

Team Coaching Sessions

Investing in our strengths helps us understand not only how we show up for ourselves but how we show up for others. Learning to appreciate our own strengths and the strengths of others can help us form stronger more productive partnerships and teams. Consider signing up for a team session individualized to your team needs.  Sign up for a group session to learn more about how the individual strengths of your team work together to build strong community.

Organizations with strengths-based cultures succeed because:

  • They engage their employees.
  • They select managers who coach their employees to bring their best selves to work.
  • They provide an exceptional employee experience.
  • It's not surprising that organizations with strengths-based cultures experience higher employee engagement, retention, productivity and performance.

Workshop and Pod Series

There are many ways to continue investing in and developing your strengths. Through the Purpose Center and campus partners, we’re excited to offer specific sessions for students, faculty and staff to build on your strengths knowledge and help you leverage what you’re naturally good at in areas such as communication, leadership, teambuilding, and wellbeing.


Strengths in the Classroom

Looking to incorporate Strengths into your classroom? Meet with someone from the Purpose Center to discuss options for classroom visits. We create unique strengths workshops for your students based on the content most important to your class. We have been in over 250 different classrooms since our launch in September of 2022. Email purpose@mail.wvu.edu to set up a time to meet.  

Strengths for Student Organizations

Looking to incorporate strengths into your student organization? See the menu of options below. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, you can request a meeting at purpose@mail.wvu.edu to create custom content for your organization.

Strengths FAQs

If you have specific questions about CliftonStrengths, check out our Strengths FAQs.