CliftonStrengths Initiative

Villanova University is committed to developing and nurturing the whole person, allowing students, faculty and staff to grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically in an environment that supports individual differences and insists that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of university life.

To build on that commitment, we have entered into a partnership with Gallup Inc. to offer the CliftonStrengths assessment across the university. This initiative is a collaborative effort of Villanova’s academic enterprise, Student Life, and career and professional development units. We view CliftonStrengths as a “tool for self-discovery” and will provide opportunities for the university community to engage in activities and reflection about ways to acknowledge and build upon their strengths.


The CliftonStrengths assessment—rooted in psychological theory, literature and research—identifies an individuals’ top 5 Signature Themes from Gallup’s developed list of 34 most common talents. Individuals who complete the assessment will be able to identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths, and apply those strengths in experiences in the classroom, in leadership opportunities, in their relationships and in their careers. CliftonStrengths has been used and studied across the world in a wide-range of organizations and with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Villanova’s CliftonStrengths Tenets

  1. I use my CliftonStrengths results to help me understand myself. My signature themes do not define me or limit me.  
  2. All of the strengths, or themes, have value; no one strength is better than another. 
  3. I possess all 34 of the CliftonStrengths to varying degrees and my Top 5 strengths, or signature themes, provide some language for talents that may come more naturally to me and that I may seek to cultivate and nurture. 
  4. My strengths are a platform from which I may engage in self-reflection and discovery.  
  5. I choose to develop my strengths and to use them to help me both thrive and overcome challenges. I choose a growth mindset where I seek to grow and develop during this journey that is life.  
  6. I am mindful that strengths can also present challenges or become obstacles, depending on context and circumstance.   
  7. My insights into strengths can help me recognize how I might best manage a variety of interests and circumstances.  
  8. I affirm the strengths of others and value the strengths each of us brings to the Villanova community.  
  9. I appreciate that an effective team may be at its best when a variety of strengths and domains are represented in that team.   
  10. I seek to become the best version of myself, to become who I am not yet. I am dynamic, changing and capable. 

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