Have you ever heard of StrengthsFinder? Last Friday, the Daily Duke had the opportunity to take the StrengthsFinder personality assessment, participate in a workshop with Dux Leadership Center, and discover our strengths as both individuals and as a team! Before I discuss what the StrengthsFinder assessment is, I wanted to share the various resources the Dux Leadership Center provides!

Dux Center is an on-campus leadership center that offers workshops, conferences, books, videos, equipment, consulting assistance, and partnerships to further the development of leadership skills. Dux Center has various LEAD Team Consultants who facilitate programs, plan events, and help students find the leadership resources they need. Consultant Matt Harrell led the Daily Duke through a StrengthsFinder workshop that included meaningful analysis, discussions, and reflection about our strengths. 

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Matt Harell (bottom, second from left) with the Dux Leadership Center team.

Matt’s overall positivity and his enthusiasm about leadership made our team feel welcomed and excited about our StrengthsFinder reports. He was able to share with me the impact of his job and how he works to maximize his own strengths.

“My three years at the Dux Leadership Center has honestly made me the man I am today. Working here has given me a better understanding of myself and how to effectively work with others. After taking the StrengthsFinder assessment, I discovered the talents I naturally possess, how to strengthen these strengths, and how to use them in all aspects of my life. I love working at the center, I love the people I work with, and it doesn’t hurt that I get paid for it either.” -Matt Harrell, StrengthsFinder Conference Director

What is StrengthsFinder?

The online StrengthsFinder assessment takes a twist on the normal personality quiz and focuses its efforts on identifying the top positive qualities of a person’s individuality. StrengthsFinders is used to assess people in organizational settings, corporate environments, or even just for fun. The assessment takes precisely timed responses to 177 paired questions and analyzes the results to give you an in-depth report that includes your “Strength Insights” and an “Action-Planning Guide” to make the most of your top five strength themes.

Following these five strengths, there are 29 more themes ranked from your strongest to weakest. Together, these 34 themes are broken into four domains: Strategic Thinking, Executing, Influencing, and Relationship Building. Through the report, your personalized top strengths are easy to identify and understand. On the surface this may seem like your average personality test, but it is a tool for fostering your naturally existing talents into something so much more.

The StrengthsFinder assessment is the perfect way to find out just how remarkable you truly are. The acute analysis of your personal strengths report makes your particular strengths unique to roughly 1 in 33 million others. This means that there is no one exactly like you here at JMU!

Your StrengthsFinder Test Awaits You

Taking StrengthsFinders on your own time will cost some money, but it doesn’t have to. Although it has already passed this semester, the Dux Center holds a free StrengthsFinders Conference every fall and spring semester that is open to all students! 

At the conference, you have the opportunity to explore your StrengthsFinder results and get one-on-one consultations about how you can maximize your strengths to impact your future. To find out more about next semester’s StrengthsFinders Conference and other Dux Leadership Center resources check out their JMU website page, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

“When we’re able to put most of our energy into developing our natural talents, extraordinary room for growth exists.”  -Tom Rath, author of Strengths Finder 2.0

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