SMART Strengths

uLEAD is excited to join with John Yeager in combining the SMART Strengths assessment with our experiential leadership development model.  This collaboration is an incredible addition to what we do at uLEAD and we look forward to sharing with the people we work with!

SMART Strengths is a research-supported guide to building character, resilience, and relationships.  Its application stretches from grade school students through adult teams in schools, agencies, and corporations.
Individuals and groups complete the Values In Action inventory online before the event.  The training experience includes interactive classroom sessions combined with low or high challenge course initiatives designed to foster growth and inspire lasting change.

Outcomes from the SMART Strengths experience include; understanding character strengths of yourself and others, achieving new pathways to achieving personal and team goals, resources for developing healthy communication, and growing a strength-based culture. 


Meet John Yeager

Dr. John Yeager is Director of The Culver Academies’ Center for Character Excellence and co-director of SMART Strengths, a strengths-based education company.

Prior to coming to Culver in 2000, he was on faculty in the School of Education at Boston University and an associate scholar in BU’s Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character. He earned a doctorate in Health Education from Boston University and has masters’ degrees in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and Health Education from Worcester State (MA) College.  Much of John’s work with schools and corporations focuses on the integral relationship between character, environment and decision-making.

John has worked with AdventureLore, a New Hampshire based outdoor education program, and is the co-author of SMART Strengths: A Parent-Teacher- Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience and Relationships in Youth, and Character and Coaching: Building Virtue in Athletic Programs.  Also, he is the author of The Character and Culture of Lacrosse.  John lives in Culver, IN with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Megan.