FAQ: What’s the difference between a ‘talent’ and a ‘strength’?

FAQ: What’s the difference between a ‘talent’ and a ‘strength’?


Hi, this is Victor from Strengths School. We often do workshops for our clients as well as StrengthsFinder coaching, and one of the most frequently asked questions is, “what is the difference between a talent and a strength?”

Now, a talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior. A strength is the ability to consistently produce near-perfect performance.

Are these two different? Let me give you an analogy. A talent is like a seed and a strength is like a fruit: it grows from infancy to maturity.

Sometimes, in our workshops, we use these two words interchangeably. Why? Because we do believe that it is a Strengths Journey and we grow, but it is the same core essence. We want people to grow from that talent, which is the potential, into the strength — into maturity, or into the performance that they can give. This is what value-adds to their organisation and to their team.

So what is the difference? Really, it is about their maturity. To bring it from a talent to a strength requires investment, so we do coaching and workshops to bring people that understanding, to help people to grow into their strengths. Thank you.


This “Frequently Asked Question” video was produced by Strengths School™ Singapore. This is part of a larger series of StrengthsFinder FAQs. If you have a question on StrengthsFinder you’d like to ask us, drop us a note in the “Comments” section below and we’ll answer it as soon as we can!



About Meiling | Meiling is a freelance writer, editor, and Gallup-Certified StrengthsFinder® Coach based in Singapore.

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