Leading with Your Strengths

Looking for additional leadership opportunities for your new supervisors and aspiring and emerging leaders? Want to bring training to your team? Join us for our GROW classes, indicted on our Classes & Training page by the icon at left. These affordable courses are designed to help you improve your skills in areas like conflict management, emotional intelligence, delegation, communication, performance management, and more.


Sample CliftonStrengths report shown (click for more detail). This report highlights your top 10 strengths (called “themes”) and helps you to better understand the benefits and potential pitfalls of those strengths – both at work and in your personal life!

Do you want to understand yourself better? What are you naturally good at? What are your strengths and how do you use them in the workplace? This course is for both leaders with direct reports and strong individual contributors who influence others without direct authority. For this course, you will have the opportunity to take the CliftonStrengths for Leaders assessment and use the results to help uncover who you are as a professional in relation to your natural talents.

The course will dive deep into your personalized CliftonStrengths report to reflect on your role as a leader and uncover how you can intentionally use your strengths, along with how your strengths can get in the way of your success. Throughout the course, we will engage in interactive learning through self-reflection and various breakout exercises. You will leave the session with a personal action plan that you create to drive success for yourself and the people around you.

What you will learn

In this session you will:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of your individual leadership strengths through your GallupStrengths for Leaders report
  • Understand the application of principles related to strengths-based development
  • Appreciate your unique talents within the context of your leadership role
  • Learn how to your Strengths contribute to your success
  • Discover common challenges to success you may experience based on your Strengths
  • Develop an action plan to implement immediately to achieve your goals

Registration Coming soon for Fall 2024

Location: Union South, UW-Madison (note: the Wisconsin Union assigns event spaces on a day-of basis. Please check the Today in the Union (TITU) screens – or ask at the front desk – when you arrive for more information about class location.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CT

Fee: $329

**Please note that for this course you must register before 5:00 pm on Monday, February 26th due to the CliftonStrengths report that must be completed before the start of class.**

Registration coming soon for Fall 2024  or call 608-262-2451 to register. BONUS: Place 2 or more paid leadership courses in your cart, and use discount code SBDC10 for 10% off. Classes must be purchased in the same transaction.

Registration & Cancellation policies

  • Payment will be required at time of registration. You must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register.
  • Cancelations at least 24 hours before the program begins will incur a $25 cancellation fee. Cancelations less than 24 hours before the start of the program will incur the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-2451. Please note that in the case of a cancellation (by either the participant or the SBDC), participants can only be transferred one time into a new course.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu to request accommodations.

The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Amanda Earle

Business owner, Grow.Develop.Bloom. LLC

Amanda Earle is a small business owner of Grow.Develop.Bloom. LLC which is dedicated to versatile and genuine career coaching, leadership growth, and team development. Amanda’s driving question to people is “Who or what do you want to grow into? “Amanda Earle has 13+ years of experience working with individuals and groups in a broad range of industries and functional work areas to foster growth in the direction that works for them.  Amanda is also a lecturer at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison in the department of Management & Human Resources.

Amanda has taught Gallup CliftonStrengths® curriculum to 2,000+ students and professionals. She has advised and provided executive leadership coaching to Executive MBA students on a 360-review tool.

Amanda Earle earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Arts degree in student development with a focus in counseling from the University of Iowa. She is a certified Gallup CliftonStrengths® Coach and an accredited coach through Human Synergistics for the Life Styles Inventory™ 360-review tool.

The StrengthsFinder evaluation was insightful! The action steps from the results of the assessment were the most valuable.

James, Calls on Call Answering Service, 2024 Participant

[I really appreciated] recognizing [that] strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin, and removing self-judgement from “deficiencies.”

Tourism Coordinator, Monona East Side Business Alliance, 2024 Participant

[I loved learning the] Breakdown of all Clifton Strengths, how to implement them in a meaningful way, and how strengths and weaknesses are perceived and are related.

Booking Coordinator, FPC Live, 2024 Participant

Amanda was great! Very professional and organized.

2024 Participant

The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship in the University of Wisconsin System.
It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact us at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu or call (608) 263-2221.