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105 Types of Talent

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Talent is a term for exceptional skill, ability or knowledge. This is applied to areas that firms highly value such that they view an unusually capable employee as a competitive advantage. Where some skills are viewed as a commodity that require nothing more than basic competence, a talent is an area that an individual can master such that they can generate significant value. The following are common types of talent.
Agent of change
Analytical thinking
Architectural design
Artistic talent
Athletic talent
Attention to detail
Big-picture thinking
Building trust
Business acumen
Coding & computing
Cognitive flexibility
Communicating
Communication design
Competitive spirit
Composition
Concentration
Confidence
Conflict resolution
Conscientiousness
Consensus building
Counseling
Creative vision
Critical thinking
Culinary sense
Cultural capital - ability to influence within a particular culture
Cultural competence - ability to influence without shared culture
Data science
Dealing with ambiguity
Decision making
Decisiveness
Design thinking
Determination
Developing a positive group or team culture
Diligence
Diplomacy
Emotionally grounded
Engineering
Entrepreneurial spirit
Fashion sense
Fast learner
Financial analysis
Game theory
Grace under pressure
Grit
Hand-eye coordination
Humor
Influencing beyond authority
Instructional design
Introspection
Languages
Leading missions and business functions
Leading teams
Managing complexity
Managing stakeholders
Mathematics
Memory and recall
Mental agility
Mental endurance
Mindfulness
Musical talent
Navigating politics
Negotiation
Non-verbal communication
Open-mindedness
People management
Performing arts
Personal presence
Personal resilience
Perspective-taking
Persuasion
Prioritization
Problem solving
Professional mastery
Professionalism
Public speaking
Rational thinking
Reading and using emotion
Reading people and social situations
Reflexes
Research & development
Science
Self direction
Self-discipline
Self-improvement
Self-reflection
Sense of color
Sense of product positioning & customer needs
Sense of style
Sense of urgency
Service mentality
Setting and managing expectations
Socializing
Socially perceptive
Storytelling
Strategic thinking
Stress tolerance
Systems thinking
Tactfulness
Teaching
User experience design
Visual communication
Visual design
Visual thinking
Willingness to learn
Writing

Business Talents

A business talent is a foundational strength, capacity or ability that is invaluable to professional pursuits and business outcomes.

Creative Talent

The ability to see beyond what exists to invent new value that surprises. This is traditionally associated with a handful of domains such as art, design, music and performance art. However, creativity can benefit any profession or pursuit.

Media Talent

The diverse talent, abilities and personal characteristics that are beneficial to media production such as video games, films, music, podcasts, vlogs, design and traditional media.

Communication Talents

Talents related to informing, influencing and persuading others.

Interpersonal Talents

Social abilities that allow you to navigate social situations and build positive relationships with others.

Thinking Talents

General cognitive capacities such as being a fast learner and the ability to think in different modes that are appropriate to each situation.

Character Strengths

Character strengths can be viewed as foundational talents. For example, if you are calm and brave, this can be viewed as a talent in a broad range of situations.

Discussion

A talent is more than a skill whereby you outcompete or have unique capacities or insights in some area. An industrial economy is oriented towards skills because firms require labor that conforms to some standard set of abilities. In a world of automation, this becomes less relevant where standard skills are easily automated and it is the unique talents of individuals that becomes more valuable.
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