Custom Built Team Building and Leadership Initiative Training


I just recently returned from warm and sunny Houston where I attended the 2011 Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Emerging Leaders institute (that’s a mouthful, I know…which is why we have acronyms…SWASAP ELI, BTW). At the leadership training we delved into an awesome tool for leadership development, the SrengthsQuest assessment, which correlates with StrengthsFinder 2.0, a book written by Tom Rath.

StrengthsQuest was developed by the Gallup Organization as a a student development and engagement program, and is based on the belief that people are more successful when they focus on improving their strengths as opposed to trying to “fix” their weaknesses! It is a powerful tool for anyone looking to determine the strengths of team members, coworkers, etc.

The assessment takes about 30 minutes and is super easy, and after it is completed you will be given your top five strengths. My top 5 strengths with their description:

1. Woo – Winning Other Over – People strong in the Woo theme have never met a stranger, and love meeting new people and getting them to like you. You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport. (Dead on description of me, FYI)

2. Communication – People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters..

3. Positivity – People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

4. Maximizer – People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

5. Strategic – People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Check it all out at! This can be an amazing tool in analyzing your strengths, and the strengths of your team.

Ryan Eller


10 responses

  1. howie

    That’s impressive how accurate that was.

    February 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  2. Thanks Howie…It is a pretty neat assessment.

    February 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  3. Jeff Kahlden

    You and I have one in common.

    February 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  4. Which one?? If I were to guess it would be either maximizer or strategic…

    February 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  5. Jeff Kahlden

    No sir. Communicator.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  6. Richard Eller

    Me and you would have to be woo

    February 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

  7. Kelly Matenaer

    Hi Ryan,

    I wish I had a contact number instead, but email shall suffice…
    My name is Kelly Matenaer. I’m the Business Manager/News Reporter for Mount Mary College’s newspaper, in Milwaukee, WI. I am featuring a headline news story for the campus’ new program StrengthsQuest, and I need a photo or graphic to supplement it. With your permission, may I PLEASE have your consent to use the photo on this site?

    Please contact me via email at or I’d be happy to talk via (262) 573-5826…

    Thanks 🙂


    September 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

  8. Kelly Matenaer

    Hi Ryan,

    My name is Kelly, and I’m the Business Manager/News Reporter for Mount Mary College’s newspaper in Milwaukee, Wi. I am doing a feature news story on our college purchasing the StrenghtsQuest program.

    Could I please have your consent to use the photo on this website? I would really appreciate it!!!!

    Kelly Matenaer

    September 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

    • Kelly,

      You sure can, however I got this photo from another source. I hope this helps!


      September 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

  9. Kelly Matenaer


    Do you recall who the source was, or where? Thanks!!!!


    September 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

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