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


Do you strive for excellence? Are you always thinking about how you can make something better, even if it’s already pretty good? Do you focus on what people do best? If so, you might have “Maximizer” as one of your top strengths.

People with the “Maximizer” strength enjoy the challenge of turning things into something great, whether that be a process, an idea, a project, or a person. They cultivate people’s strengths and motivate them to be the best version of themselves. A “Maximizer” has the constant thought of, “How can we make this better?”

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

You are: committed to excellence

You bring: a quality orientation

You need: quality to be valued as much as quantity

You love: return on investment

You hate: an obsession with weakness fixing


Do people call you a competitive person? Are you always comparing your performance with those around you? Are you energized by trying to outdo a past goal? If so, Competition might be one of your natural talents.

People with Competition are instinctively aware of other people’s performance.They are motivated by the competition always strive for better results. They can be the energy behind their team and help to push for greatness.

You might have “Competition,” if you identify with any of the following statements:

You are: aware of competitors

You bring: an aspiration to be the best

You need: peers for comparison and motivation

You love: a chance to go against the best

You hate: coming in second

Want to find out more? Complete the CliftonStrengths for Students assessment and find out if you have “Competition” as one of your top Strengths, contact strengths@iit.edu.

Uncovering Talent with CliftonStrengths: Maximizer and Competition