April 20th 

Strengths Based Leadership

Facilitated by: Melissa Yamamoto

Leadership Academy Pillar: PURPOSEFUL or COLLABORATIVE

This session required advanced completion of a 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder, by all attendees. This assessment helped more than 8 million people around the world discover their talents and become better leaders.  After having taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder, participants received a customized report that listed their top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how they could use their talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.  In a highly interactive workshop, Melissa Yamamoto (Gallup Certified Strengths Coach) helped all to understand their strengths and how to utilize this knowledge to maximize their practices as a leader.  Each attendee:

  • increased their self-awareness. Effective leaders know what they do well, and they find ways to apply their talents authentically and productively. Understanding your talents is an important step in cultivating self-awareness as a leader.
  • deepened their knowledge and appreciation of others' talents. As one learns more about his or her own talents, one will begin to see the unique talents in others. One also appreciates others for the different perspectives they offer because of their talents. The best leaders understand that teams with a diversity of talents achieve the best outcomes.
  • formed and maximized their teams. Although leaders need not be well-rounded, teams should be. Understanding each team members' talents is crucial to getting the most out of a team -- and in a way that honors the contributions each person can make. Understanding each team members' talents will give you new insights into how the team can perform to its full potential.
  • helped others to affirm, develop, and apply their talents. As a leader who understands your own talents and how to apply them productively, you can lead others to develop and apply their talents.

Details are available in the Academy Portal for members.

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(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing with a minimum of 45 total earned credits are eligible to apply)