Integrating Strengths-Based Leadership into Campus Programs and Culture

Topics: Student Leadership Development, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do student affairs administrators organize and implement the Gallup Organization’s Strengths-Based Leadership model across the division and the university as a whole?
  • What strategies have other universities used to successfully embed the model within campus culture and programmatic offerings for both staff and students?
  • How and in what settings do administrators deploy the StrengthsQuest assessment and process its results?


The Gallup Organization’s Strengths-Based Leadership model has gained popularity across higher education institutions for its ability to help students develop confidence in their abilities instead of focusing on their weaknesses. This report explains how universities of various sizes have integrated strengths across campus programming and culture, including implementation strategies and examples of offerings.