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Strengths-based leadership is a growing movement based in positive psychology that provides an alternative framework for evaluation and motivation.  Rather than focusing on fixing problems, a strengths approach aligns people’s strengths and passions with the right projects to get results.

In our Strengths-Based Leadership workshops, participants will become familiar with the principles of SBL, discover their signature themes and strengths, engage with the benefits of their coworkers’ signature themes, and interpret the shadow side of signature themes.  The implications and uses of SBL in specific settings (team development, employee management, faculty development, academic advising) are addressed in separate, optional follow-up workshops.

Benefits of a Strengths-Based Approach

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Get Started

Pricing for our workshops depends on length, number of participants, and customization of material.

Complete the short information form below or contact Continuing Education at ce@plu.edu or 253-535-7722.

Why SBL at PLU

Experienced Faculty

Portrait-style photo of a man in front of white backdrop with black PLU logosDr. Hal DeLaRosby
(PhD, Azusa Pacific University)


Dr. DeLaRosby is the Director of Academic Advising at Pacific Lutheran University and has implemented a strengths-based approach ________. Dr. DeLaRosby has been conducted strengths-based leadership training and consultations for non-profits and educational organizations in Oregon and Washington for ____ years, both independently and as part of The Noel Strengths Academy at Azusa Pacific University(?).

Options & Customizations

Multiple options to meet your needs – from one-hour lunch & learns to multi-day trainings

Introduce your team to the strengths approach or build on previous trainings

Optional consultations available to tailor trainings to your exact needs

Choose one of our trainings or work with us to create a custom one

This one-day workshop provides an innovative method for improving administrative and executive-level team effectiveness through the interpretation of participants’ strengths assessment results.

After this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Understand the basics of the Strength and Positive Psychology movements
  • Understand the five character strengths correlated to success
  • Define StrengthsQuest (or other assessment’s) signature themes
  • Tell the difference between signature themes and strengths
  • Articulate examples of their top five signature themes
  • Understand the benefits of coworkers’ signature themes
  • Create and explain personal themes based on signature theme combinations
  • Interpret the shadow side of their signature themes

This two-day workshop is an opportunity to more fully develop a strengths-based approach to teamwork in any organization. The first day of the workshop covers the same material as Developing Effective Teams. The second day varies depending on the group’s needs and may include one or more of the below sessions:

  • Developing Strengths-Oriented Supervisors – how centering strengths-based principles can help develop the critically important role of a supervisor
  • Developing Effective Teams through a Strengths-Based Approach – a deeper dive into boosting team effectiveness with strengths-based tools
  • Faculty Development: Creating a Strengths-Oriented Classroom – applying a strengths-based approach to encourage student engagement
  • Strengths-Oriented Academic Advising – introduction to using strengths assessment in the higher ed advising process

Some teams cannot take a full or half-day just for training. Others may have a foundation in strengths-based principles, but want to brush up on or advance their skills. We can customize individual workshops or an entire workshop series to meet your needs.

Sample introductory workshop series:

  • Basics of the Strengths-Based Approach – an introduction to positive psychology and strengths-based learning
  • Understanding Your Strengths – interpreting Strengths Finder (or other assessment’s) results
  • Working Together – exploring strengths in combination and the shadow side
  • Future Planning – using strengths to build your personal and professional future

History of Leadership

Since 1890, Pacific Lutheran University has been preparing leaders for our community and across the globe.

Learn more about our history of excellence: https://www.plu.edu/about/.