Over the next several weeks, we’ll dive into each of the 34 strengths of the CliftonStrengths assessment. Read about the Analytical and Self-Assurance strengths below. For an overview of the CliftonStrengths Assessment, read our introductory blog post.


Do you often search for reasons why things are the way they are? Do you want to understand how certain patterns affect one another, how they combine, and what is the outcome? If so, you might be naturally Analytical.

People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

You might be “Analytical” if you identify with any of the following statements:

You are: logical and objective in approach

You bring: dispassionate thinking to emotional issues

You need: time to think

You love: data and facts

You hate: things that are not or cannot be proven


Do you have strong faith in your strengths and abilities? Do you have confidence in your ability to take risks, to meet new challenges, to stake claims, and most importantly, to deliver? Do you have an inner sense of certainty that affirms your direction and decisions? If so, Self-Assurance might be one of your top strengths.

People with strong Self-Assurance feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right. They also instill confidence in others and show initiative in situations that might be turbulent or uncertain.

You might have Self-Assurance in your top strengths if you identify with any of the following statements:

You are: internally confident in the midst of external uncertainty

You bring: a willingness to take necessary risks

You need: freedom to act unilaterally and independently

You love: being in control of my own destiny

You hate: others telling me what to do

Want to find out if you have Analytical and Self-Assurance as your top strengths? Contact strengths@iit.edu to complete the CliftonStrengths for Students assessment.

Uncovering Talent with CliftonStrengths: Analytical and Self-Assurance