Over the next several weeks, we’ll dive into each of the 34 strengths of the CliftonStrengths assessment. Read more to learn about the Context and Input strengths below!


Do you enjoy thinking about the past? Do you understand the present by researching history? If so, you might have “Context” as one of your top strengths.

Perspective and background are important for people with strong “Context” talents. They value the retrospective viewpoint because that is where they believe the answers lie. They look back to understand the present. From the past, they can create a map for the future.

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

You are: appreciative of predecessors and past events

You bring: accurate memories and valuable memorabilia

You need: relevant background for discussions/decisions

You love: the retrospective

You hate: when the past is forgotten


Do you have a craving to know more? Do you like to archive and collect information? Are you inquisitive? If so, you might have “Input” as one of your top strengths.

People with strong “Input” talents like to collect certain things, such as ideas, books, memorabilia, quotations, or facts. Whatever they collect, they do it because it interests them. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinity variety and complexity. A few minutes of surfing the internet may turn into hours once their curiosity takes off.

You might have “Input” as one of your strengths if you identify with any of the following:

You are: an utilitarian collector

You bring: tangible tools that can facilitate growth and performance

You need: space to store the resources that you acquire naturally

You love: to provide relevant and tangible help

You hate: not having things that would be useful to others

Want to find out more? To complete the CliftonStrengths for Students assessment, contact strengths@iit.edu.

Uncovering Talent with CliftonStrengths: Context and Input