In 1998, the Father of Strengths Psychology, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003), along with Tom Rath and a team of scientists at Gallup, created the online StrengthsFinder assessment.
In 2004, the assessment's name was formally changed to "Clifton StrengthsFinder" in honor of its chief designer. In 2007, building on the initial assessment and language from StrengthsFinder 1.0, Rath and Gallup scientists released a new edition of the assessment, program, and website, dubbed "StrengthsFinder 2.0".
StrengthsFinder 2.0 instantly became a Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and USA Today bestseller. It is the bestselling non-fiction book of all time on Amazon. Rooted in more than 40 years of research, this assessment has helped millions discover and develop their natural talents.
Gallup has published more than half a dozen books focused on strengths-based development in various roles. All of these books have used the Clifton StrengthsFinder® as the cornerstone of strengths discovery and personal improvement.
How does it work?
CliftonStrengths® is a web-based personality assessment from the perspective of Positive Psychology. It is designed to measure the presence of talents in 34 general areas referred to as "themes". Talents are ways in which we naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals and they serve as the foundation of strengths development.
Over a secure connection, CliftonStrengths® presents 177 items which consist in a pair of potential self-descriptors, which are placed as if anchoring polar ends of a continuum. You are then asked to choose the descriptor that best describes you, and to identify the extent to which that chosen option is descriptive of you. You are given 20 seconds to respond to a given pair of descriptors before the assessment automatically presents the next pair.
Upon completing CliftonStrengths® assessment, you will receive a report displaying your top five (most dominant) themes. You then have the opportunity to delve into those themes to discover your greatest talents. Both the assessment and the report of your top five themes are designed to help you learn about and build upon your greatest talents in order to create strengths that will enhance all aspects of your life.