StrengthsFinder® 34 Theme Sequence

I took the plunge and ordered my full StrengthsFinder® 34 themes sequence from Gallup Strengths Center. Clearly the suspense was not killing me -- I did the second version of the assessment in 2007. Why now? I guess I was inspired by some of you who have read and commented on my StrengthsFinder-specific posts.

When I first got the report of all 34, I thought, okay...now what? I poked around just a little and found a useful series of short videos under the My Learning Resources tab in the Gallup Strengths Center. Using the directions in the videos, I was able to break my 34 themes into three sets: dominant themes, supporting themes and lesser talents.

  • Dominant themes are those I use every day. They're what Gallup calls my greatest talents.
  • Supporting themes are those I don't use every day. I call them into use when I need them. Sometimes.
  • Lesser talents are those I rarely use. The videos instruct to not dwell on those lesser talents. When they are getting in the way of my success or the success of others, I can use my dominant themes or partner with someone who does have them as a strength to lead to success.

As of now, this is how the full list breaks down, in the original sequence.

Dominant Themes

  1. Intellection
  2. Empathy
  3. Input
  4. Learner
  5. Connectedness
  6. Ideation
  7. Adaptability
  8. Relator
  9. Developer
  10. Maximizer
  11. Individualization
  12. Belief
  13. Strategic


Supporting Themes

  1. Context
  2. Positivity
  3. Achiever
  4. Arranger
  5. Responsibility
  6. Deliberative
  7. Futuristic
  8. Focus
  9. Self-Assurance
  10. Harmony
  11. Restorative
  12. Includer


Lesser Themes

  1. Activator
  2. Woo
  3. Command
  4. Analytical
  5. Competition
  6. Consistency
  7. Discipline
  8. Communication
  9. Significance


I first noticed Ideation at 6. The first time I took the 1.0 version of the assessment, Ideation was in my top five while Empathy was not. I'd speculated that it had moved just out of range of the reported five.

Additionally, I was happy to see that I'm not just living in my head as reflected by all those thinking themes in the top six. Well, not all of the time anyway. I have a balance of dominant themes that address interacting with people and taking action in addition to all that noodling.

The real trick, as with any assessment, is to not just naval-gaze, but to find ways to use this information to make things better for myself and others. That's next.

If you'd like, read my other posts on StrengthsFinders®, including my overview of my 5 dominant themes together.