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


Do you like to recognize and cultivate the potential in others? Do you spot the signs of small improvements and derive satisfaction from evidence of progress? If so, you might have “Developer” as one of your top strengths.

Develops see the potential in others. They naturally see others’ capacity to change, grow, and develop for the better. And they are drawn to people for this reason. Being part of another person’s development is one of the best experiences in the world for them.

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

You are: patient with the inexperienced and unseasoned.

You bring: a commitment (time and energy) to human growth

You need: someone to invest in

You love: human potential and progress

You hate: wasted or unrealized potential


Are you accepting of others? Do you show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them? If so, you might have “Includer” as one of your top strengths.

People with strong “Includer” talents want to make others feel part of the group. They notice people who feel like outsiders or who feel unappreciated and try to reach out and bring them in. They are instinctively accepting of others. Regardless of race, sex, nationality, personality, or faith, Includers cast few judgments.

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

You are: aware of exclusion and understand its repercussions

You bring: a high level of tolerance with and acceptance of diversity

You need: room for everyone

You love: assimilation and integration

You hate: cliques

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

Uncovering Talent with CliftonStrengths: Developer and Includer