CliftonStrengths gives students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents–the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals. Grounded in Positive Psychology, CliftonStrengths is used at more than 600 schools and universities and has helped more than 2 million people achieve academic, career, and personal success (gallupstrengthscenter.com).
CliftonStrengths for Students
Each year the TCU Leadership Center distributes more than 1,000 Strengths codes to members of the TCU community with the goal of creating a unified way to discuss our strengths and personal talents. The “Strengths Philosophy” provides students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents in:
Academics – Thrive in your academic career by leveraging your talents to approach your coursework through a focus on what you naturally do well.
Relationships – Viewing your relationships with friends, family, roommates and professors through the lens of strengths can give you a new perspective on how you relate to and understand the people in your life.
Leadership – Learning and emerging as a leader is a process that takes knowledge, skills, and practice. It requires you to be intentional in how you use your talents.
To request your code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership from the Couch from the TCU Leadership Center confronts the world’s current circumstances of physical isolation and social distancing as Horned Frogs around the world grapple with questions about what it means to be an responsible citizen and ethical leaders in a global community when that global community is so rapidly changing. Join TCU Leadership Center staff- Tyler Fisher, Philip Dodd, and Lindsay Throne Knight- as we sit down with members of the TCU community to better understand how we can keep living out our Horned Frog values from wherever we find ourselves and explore Leadership from the Couch.
Check out our episodes below or go directly to our SoundCloud site.
Episode 1 will explore Tyler, Philip, and Lindsay’s definitions of leadership and leadership styles as well understanding how our staff is struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic and finding support in our TCU community.
Episode 2 Tyler sits down with TCU senior, JT Snyder, a BFA student with an emphasis in musical theater. Find out how JT’s post graduation plans have shifted with the Covid-19 pandemic and how he maintains wellness and productivity while at home.
Episode 3 Philip welcomes TCU senior and Tucker Award recipient, Clayton Dana-Bashian, a Political Science and Philosophy major and English and Economics minor. Find out how Clayton’s ideas of leadership have shifted with this global pandemic, how he is adjusting to changes in his senior year and post-graduation experiences, and about his close ties to local government.
Episode 4 Lindsay is joined by TCU first year student, Ofuchi Akpom, a Spanish Major on the Pre-Health track with a minor in Spanish for the Health Care Professions. Hear about Ofuchi’s experience preparing for finals, transitioning her Bio and Chemistry labs to online learning, and what her summer as an Orientation Leader may look like.
Episode 5 guest host, Vanessa Roberts Bryan talks with TCU senior and Tucker Award recipient, Jacob Buttry. Jacob shares his experience with leadership on campus and goes in depth into his legacy project for the Chancellor’s Leadership Program (CLP) and the importance of addressing mental health.
Episode 6 Philip welcomes recent TCU alum, Tymerra Coleman. Tymerra talks about developing her understanding of leadership and social change at TCU and how to find purpose post-graduation.
Episode 7 Lindsay chats with Margaret Lowry, a Lecturer in Women and Gender Studies, about the process of moving to remote teaching for TCU Faculty. They discuss lessons learned from remote teaching and how our community is preparing for what classes may look like in the fall.
Episode 8 – Tyler hosts Tara McWhorter, the director of TCU First Year Experience. Tara shares how the team that helps to welcome incoming students during Orientation, Frog Camp, and Frogs First have adapted to the challenges of Covid 19.
Episode 9– Philip talks with TCU junior, Joe Boyce about his experiences as a leader with TCU First Year Experience programs and how he is adapting to leading virtually.
The Leadership Center is sharing some of our favorite recommendations for Ted Talks, books, and podcasts to explore while everyone is learning online. Check them out below.
We talk to people all the time. Hear Celeste Headlee’s advice on how to have better conversations!
Darria Long talks about managing your ‘crazy busy’ life by being ready.
We are currently facing a dramatic need to adapt our entire lives to a global crisis. Listen to Natalie Fratto’s emphasis on adaptability in leadership, why it is one of our most important qualities, and how to practice this skill for future opportunities.
In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives. This is one of my favorite Ted Talks and speaks to how important it is to be action based in your leadership. I think this is something to keep in mind during our current situation.