34 Talent Themes to Get You to a Satisfying Career
As humans, we like to group ideas together. It helps us organize our lives to make day to day living easier in a vastly complex world. In the science world we see nomenclature, the system of names, make its contribution through helping us put into words connections and boundaries that exist in life and the environment around us. For example, humans may seem very different from the sea creatures that flip, have fins, and live in the water, but because of researched criteria, our organizational system shows us the connection humans have with dolphins – we’re both mammals. In a very basic way, it helps us understand our likenesses and differences. When we can do that, we are best able to understand how to utilize our abilities together as a functioning system (aka society). I attended Neil De Grasse Tyson’s presentation on the Cosmos. A memorable idea he passed on was that humans are not special because an individual is more unique than another, but because we are all connected.
Work Theory likes to utilize the talent themes researched and identified by Gallup, Inc. because it is an organizational structure that focuses on connectedness and understanding of a complete set of themes.The theory behind Gallup’s Strengthsfinder is that all humans encompass 34 talent themes. In particular, we naturally identify in a stronger way to 5 of the 34 talent themes. We have the ability to practice innate talents and turn them into strengths. It also emphasizes that we focus on our top 5 talents, instead of hustling to improve our weaker talents. Through this system, we find that some strengths can pair with others to create greater outcomes as a team, and therefore on an individual level as well. There is no one talent better than another. They simply describe an approach one takes to arrive at ideas, behaviors, and solutions.
Below is the list and brief descriptions of each of the 34 talent themes as outlined in Gallup’s reference card. Feel free to click on the linked talent themes to view a Dream Job interview of someone who identifies with that talent.
Achiever® People strong in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
Activator® People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Adaptability® People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
Analytical® People strong in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
Arranger® People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Belief® People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
Communication® People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
Competition® People strong in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
Connectedness® People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
Consistency® People strong in the Consistency theme (also called Fairness in the first StrengthsFinder assessment) are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world fairly by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.
Context® People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
Deliberative® People strong in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.
Developer® People strong in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
Discipline® People strong in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.
Empathy® People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
Focus® People strong in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
Futuristic® People strong in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
Harmony® People strong in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
Ideation® People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
Includer® People strong in the Inclusiveness theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
Individualization® People strong in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
Input® People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Intellection® People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
Learner® People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Maximizer® People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
Positivity® People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
Relator® People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
Responsibility® People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
Restorative® People strong in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
Self-Assurance® People strong in the Self-assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.
Significance® People strong in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.
Strategic® People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Woo® People strong in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
Work Theory is not associated, endorsed, or sponsored by Gallup, Inc. in any way. We simply admire their work and hope to add to their conversation. Visit https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/ for more information on the science of talent themes.