The 34 Ways to Describe What You Naturally Do Best

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About Your 34 CliftonStrengths Themes

You are unique. You are powerful. You are your 34 themes.
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Your innate talents are the key to living your best life.

Your distinct combination of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes is your personal code — the pattern of talents that make you you.

Cracking your CliftonStrengths code allows you to fully understand who you are and how to succeed by doing what you naturally do best.

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About the CliftonStrengths Domains

Understand how your talents work with others.

Each CliftonStrengths theme sorts into one of four domains.

These domains describe how people and teams use their talents to work with information, make things happen, influence others and build relationships.

Use CliftonStrengths to answer the following questions and accomplish your goals.

  • How do you absorb, think about and analyze information and situations?
  • How do you make things happen?
  • How do you influence others?
  • How do you build and nurture strong relationships?
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Strategic Thinking CliftonStrengths Themes

These themes answer the question “How do you absorb, think about and analyze information and situations?” They may help you make better decisions and create better outcomes.

When teams need to focus on what could be, they turn to people with Strategic Thinking themes to stretch the team’s thinking for the future.

  1. Analytical

    People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

  2. Context

    People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

  3. Futuristic

    People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

  4. Ideation

    People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

  5. Input

    People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

  6. Intellection

    People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

  7. Learner

    People who are especially talented 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.

  8. Strategic

    People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Executing CliftonStrengths Themes

These themes answer the question "How do you make things happen?" They may help you turn ideas into reality.

When teams need to implement a solution, they look to people with Executing themes who will work tirelessly to accomplish the goal.

  1. Achiever

    People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

  2. Arranger

    People who are especially talented 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.

  3. Belief

    People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

  4. Consistency

    People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.

  5. Deliberative

    People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.

  6. Discipline

    People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

  7. Focus

    People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

  8. Responsibility

    People who are especially talented 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.

  9. Restorative

    People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

Influencing CliftonStrengths Themes

These themes answer the question “How do you influence others?” They may help you take charge, speak up and make sure others are heard.

When teams need to sell their ideas inside and outside the organization, they turn to people with Influencing themes to convince others.

  1. Activator

    People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

  2. Command

    People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.

  3. Communication

    People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

  4. Competition

    People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

  5. Maximizer

    People who are especially talented 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.

  6. Self-Assurance

    People who are especially talented 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.

  7. Significance

    People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.

  8. Woo

    People who are especially talented 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.

Relationship Building CliftonStrengths Themes

These themes answer the question “How do you build and nurture strong relationships?” They may help you hold a team together.

When teams need to be greater than the sum of their parts, they turn to people with Relationship Building themes to strengthen their bonds.

  1. Adaptability

    People who are especially talented 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.

  2. Connectedness

    People who are especially talented 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.

  3. Developer

    People who are especially talented 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.

  4. Empathy

    People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

  5. Harmony

    People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

  6. Includer

    People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.

  7. Individualization

    People who are especially talented 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.

  8. Positivity

    People who are especially talented 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.

  9. Relator

    People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.