The Impact of Strengths-based Leadership Training at Northwest University
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Northwest University, a Christian institution of higher learning, uses the Gallup Organization’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 psychometric to equip student leaders through interactive, integrated, Strengths-Based Leadership Training (SBLT). This strengths-based approach is new to Northwest University. This study was the first formal assessment of the program outcomes, and it used a qualitative survey to explore student leaders’ experiences. The theoretical framework included Arthur Chickering’s vectors of student development, Erik Erickson’s theory of psychosocial development (specifically the stages concerning identity and intimacy formation), as well as a survey of Gallup’s strengths-based materials. Students reported multifaceted positive benefits of their experience with SBLT. Students who participated in SBLT reported positive personal development and improved team interactions. Results imply that the program could be improved by expanding the experiential element of the training and helping students further integrate SBLT concepts in their daily work. Based on this analysis, recommendations include adjusting the current format and presentation of SBLT, quantitatively evaluating the SBLT program, and modifying the program accordingly.
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