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BUS 168 W — Strengths-Based Leadership: Increase Your Impact and Thrive

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 7—Nov 15
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Unit: 1
Tuition: $535
Instructor(s): Marta Hanson
Limit: 40
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is October 10th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 15th at 5:00 pm (PT).
Oct 7—Nov 15
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
1 Unit
Marta Hanson
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is October 10th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 15th at 5:00 pm (PT).
What will happen when we consider what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them? This question inspired four decades of research and the development of the CliftonStrengths assessment, which measures natural patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Today, Gallup research shows that people who use their strengths daily are six times more likely to be engaged at work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life. Who wouldn’t want that? In this course, we will explore leadership and impact through the lens of strengths. We will start by interpreting your results from the CliftonStrengths assessment: What do they reveal about how you best strategize, influence, build relationships, and get things done? This course will help you articulate not just why, but how you most naturally achieve success, and how to put this knowledge to future action. Whatever your goals—honing your management style, switching careers, communicating more effectively—you will develop tangible actions each week that creatively use your strengths to achieve those goals. Through group exercises, laser coaching, and weekly intentions, you will leave the course with a deeper understanding of your unique capabilities, an implemented plan toward your desired impact, and the confidence to continue your journey as a strengths-based leader.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 40 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Please note: Prior to the first class session, all participants are required to complete the online Clifton StrengthsFinder Profile 10 Assessment ($19.99).

Marta Hanson, Principal, Social Impact Coaching; Assistant Dean & Associate Director, Stanford Women’s Community Center

Marta Hanson is a national co-chair for the New Leaders Council Women’s Caucus and co-chaired the Stanford Alumni Women’s Impact Network board for six years. As a Certified Strengths Coach through Gallup, she has worked with numerous nonprofits, leadership academies, and entrepreneurs, and her work has been featured in Forbes.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0 (ISBN 978-1595620156)