In our last post, we discussed one of SOLID’s go-to assessments, the DiSC. The DiSC is an excellent tool for understanding behavioral styles—both your own and those of others—but no one instrument will give you a complete understanding of yourself. And that brings us to another of our favorite assessments: CliftonStrengths.

What Is CliftonStrengths?

An executive taking an online assessment to better leverage strengths

Formerly known as StrengthsFinder 2.0, CliftonStrengths assesses an individual relative to 34 “themes.” These are explored in detail in the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath, which is provided as a downloadable ebook with your assessment.

All CliftonStrengths materials can be ordered on the Gallup website. There are three options for taking the profile:

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Access

Learn what your five greatest strengths are and how you can leverage them for better performance and engagement.

Upgrade to CliftonStrengths 34

If you have already taken the assessment to learn your top five strengths, you can upgrade to see your relative strength in the remaining 29 areas.

CliftonStrengths 34

Take the CliftonStrengths assessment and reveal your complete strengths profile, including the relative dominance of each of your 34 strengths.

Learn to Leverage Strengths from Your Profile

We recommend you read the book after you take the profile. It will help you better understand how to use the information you have just uncovered.

Once you’ve finished the assessment, enter your key results at the end of the CliftonStrengths section in our complimentary ebook, Eliminate Executive Blind Spots.

Coaching Questions

  • What top strengths did your assessment reveal? 
  • How can you make better use of these strengths? 
  • Is it possible you are overusing some of these strengths to the point that they’ve become weaknesses?

Decide on actions to take based on what you have discovered today.