What are the 34 talents?


The 34 talents

The talent test is a comprehensive scientific and well documented tool based on Gallup International and Marcus Birmingham 25 + years of research in talents. The 34 talents are expressions for potential – This means they are areas, where you will be able to develop yourself quicker.

Talent is something you are born with, which is subsequently shaped in the younger years. Some Talents become activated and strengthened. Other talents are not activated and almost disappear. Some neurologists think that you are born with around 20 of the 34 talents, but after the first 15-25 years, there are only 3-10 of the talents that are active. From here, one or three talents will be very noticable. This is in part because the brain does not have enough capacity for all of the 20 talents, and therefore the brain removes/tones down the talents that are used the least. In this way the strong talents have “plenty of power”.

The good thing about the talents is that the brain becomes better and better at using the talents that you already have now. It is important to understand, that not all talents are equally visible in daily life, especially if they aren’t used in the workplace. Success is created through the use of the most significant talents, and by stearing away from using the least significant talents.

The 4 action patterns

The 34 talents are seperated into 4 action patterns that describe how the talents are converted into leadership, leadership ourselves or others. The 4 categories each represent a thought pattern. It is important to keep in mind that talents are not isolated. The talents mutually affect each other. Therefore, there can be individual things in the description of talents that you cannot recognize. For example the achieving talent can be so goal-oriented that it will affect others, but if the person is also relating, this will often not be the case. You will find a short description of the 34 talents at the bottom of the page.

The thinking talents
The way you process data in and the capabilities you have to process data with.

The striving talents
The thought processes that motivate you into action.

The impacting talents
The thought processes you have to motivate others.

The relating talents
The thought processes you use to create relations to others.

3 examples of dimensions

The time dimension

The time dimension shows how one orients themselves when there is a need for solving a new problem. Where do you go to find the knowledge one needs – through past experiences, through today’s insight or through the future possibilities?

The hardness dimension

The hardness dimension shows the balance between the soft and hard approach to a problem. The hardness dimension shows the talents in to opposite poles, whether they are percieved as being soft – humane and open, or as hard – logical and process oriented.

The stress dimension

The stress dimension shows what type of stress your talents are primed for. The stress dimension shows what type of stress that you will easily acquire as a result of the behavior the top talents create.

Interpretation of the talents

Dimensions are a “set of glasses” we put over the talents to interpret these in different situations. It is through this that we can put the talents into play in relation to specific work or career related development points. We see and read the talents with a specific goal in mind. In the same way that we seperate litterature into fiction and non fiction. Different categories makes it quicker and easier to understand, interpret and put the talents into play.

The different pictures we make of the dimensions, should be seen as the sum of exactly the top talents that you have, and not the individual talent, but how they affect each other. The dimensions are well suited to describe how the individual talent affects the behavior you show when you do something special. How you work in teams or how you are motivated – just to mention 2 examples of dimensions.

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The thinking talents

The way you process data cognitively, as well as your abilities to process data.

You require proof, data, and want to know the truth. You find patterns in chaos through thoroughness.

Future oriented

You love to look into the future, to see the possibilities, improvements and bring others along.


Everything has a reason, and is connected. You are proactive and help others with understanding.


You have many ideas. A new thought, that bring everything into perspective. You are creative, original and real.


You are a coordinator in projects, and always achieve the desired result. You are effective and flexible.


You love to learn, and the process that brings you from little knowledge to true competencies.


You are researching and love information, and are an expert in finding it.


Fairness and balance is crucial to you. Everyone needs to have the same fair chance.


You find the common thread. Before you know the story and the connection, you know nothing


You have a strategic overview, and can predict obstacles and find the best course of action.


You like to think and use the brain. Your thoroughness makes it so you often reach new depths.


You are careful and critical; see many risk factors. Those you can spot and plan after.

The striving talents

The thought processes that motivate you into action.

Self- assurance

You want others respect, to be heard, to be even better and to get acknowledged for who you are.


You feel a responsibility for everything you take part in. When you have said A, you also need to say B.


You master routines, systems, hunt deadlines and love precision. You master the detail.


You are a problem solver. You always find a solution and it motivates you if the problem is large.

You are not afraid of the unforeseen – you expect it. Change is exciting.


You need to know the goal, and be allowed to go after it without too many disturbances and obstacles.


You hunt the goals 24/7, and you are resilient and hard working.


Things need to happen, and it needs to be now! We can always edit later, the important part is to start.

You have high self worth. You know that you are capable, you know your stuff, and see things that nobody else sees.


You have set core values. You are trustworthy and need to believe in what you work with.

The impacting talents

The thought processes you have to motivate others.

You are charming. In you world there are no strangers, it is only friends that you haven’t met yet.


You feel right, when you are better than best and achieve new heights. Chaos and mediocracy make you critical and irritated.


You like goals and to be in a competitive situation. You want to win, and love to make the impossible possible

You are optimistic and positive. Rather expect the best than to fear the worst, is your slogan.


You command, and you like it. You want honesty and you are always honest yourself. You step forward and stand by yourself.


You see others potential, their possibility for success. You can be motivated by seeing other people grow with the task.

The relating talents

The thought processes you use to create relations to others.

You can put yourself in others place, and explain their personality as well as course of action better than they can themselves.


The more, the better. You hate exclusivity and wish that everyone can join in.


You can vary your management, teaching, explaining, so that it is tailored for the individual. You help other people do their best.

You like to explain and describe to others, and you are good at it. Your language is full of pictures, riveting and exciting.


You dare to give from yourself, to achieve even better relations. Rather be good friends than to settle for being acquaintances.


You find the places where we can meet on viewpoints, and steer away from conflicts. You creaty harmony.