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Worldwide Strengths Statistics by Gender, Generation, and Country

Oct 17, 2019, 9:19:15 AM / by Chris Heinz

Are the top areas of talent for women different than for men? How are the strengths of Millennials unique from other generations? How is Japan different than every other country? These are the fascinating questions answered by Gallup, which recently released the all-time results of its CliftonStrengths® talent assessment.

The report, which reveals the results of more than 21 Million assessments worldwide, provides an interesting look into the top most frequently occurring strengths by gender, generation, and country.

Here are some highlights: 

Top Ten Strengths By Gender





1 Achiever® Achiever®
2 Responsibility® Learner®
3 Relator® Relator®
4 Learner® Strategic®
5 Empathy® Responsibility®
6 Input® Analytical®
7 Harmony® Restorative™
8 Developer® Ideation®
9 Restorative™ Harmony®
10 Positivity® Adaptability®

Source: CliftonStrengths Frequency Report, 9/9/2019




Executing/Earth Achiever®, Responsibility®, Restorative™ Achiever®, Responsibility®, Restorative™
Relating/Water Relator®, Empathy®, Harmony®, Developer®, Positivity® Relator®, Harmony®, Adaptability®
Thinking/Wind Learner®, Input® Learner®, Strategic®, Analytical®, Ideation®
Influencing/Fire None None

Some Observations:

Females and males share six of the same top ten strengths themes: Achiever, Responsibility, Restorative, Relator, Harmony, and Learner.

Instead of the Female's top themes of Empathy, Developer, Positivity, and Input, Males have top themes of Adaptability, Strategic, Analytical, and Ideation.

In terms of strengths domains or types, each have three Executing/Earth themes (getting things done). Females have five Relating/Water themes (relating to others), while Males have three. Females have two Thinking/Wind themes (thinking on purpose), while Males have four. Neither has an Influencing/Fire theme (impacting others) in their top ten strengths themes.

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Top Five Strengths By GenerationMillennials


(born 1980-1994)

Gen Xers
(born 1965-1979)

Baby Boomers
(born 1944-1964)

(born before 1944)

1 Achiever® Achiever® Responsibility® Responsibility®
2 Empathy® Responsibility® Learner® Learner®
3 Learner® Learner® Achiever® Connectedness®
4 Adaptability® Relator® Relator® Achiever®
5 Responsibility® Strategic® Strategic® Input®

Source: CliftonStrengths Summit 2019

Domain Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers Traditionalists
Executing/Earth Achiever®, Responsibility® Achiever®, Responsibility® Responsibility®, Achiever® Responsibility®, Achiever®
Relating/Water Empathy®, Adaptability® Relator® Relator® Connectedness®
Thinking/Wind Learner® Learner®, Strategic® Learner®, Strategic® Learner®, Input®
Influencing/Fire None None None None

Some Observations:

Responsibility, Achiever, and Learner are shared by all generations in their top five strengths themes.

Gen Xers and Baby Boomers share the same top five themes, but in a different order.

Unique from other generations, Millennials have Empathy and Adaptability, and Traditionalists have Connectedness and Input.

In terms of strengths domains or categories, each have two Executing/Earth themes. Millennials are the only generation with two Relating/Water themes; the others have one. Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists have two Thinking/Wind themes. Neither has an Influencing/Fire theme in their top five.


The Top Strength By Country

world map with people

Strength Country (114)
Learner® Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia (52)
Achiever® Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China and Hong Kong, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Slovenia, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands (24)
Responsibility® Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, India, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Yemen, Zimbabwe (24)
Relator® Bahrain, Belarus, Bermuda, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, United Kingdom (11)
Maximizer® Japan (1)
Harmony® Macao (1)
Restorative™ Mauritius (1)

Source: CliftonStrengths Frequency Report, 9/9/2019

Domain Countries
Executing/Earth Achiever® countries, Responsibility® countries, Mauritius (Restorative™) (49)
Relating/Water Relator® countries, Macao (Harmony®) (12)
Thinking/Wind Learner® countries (52)
Influencing/Fire Japan (Maximizer®) (1)

Some Observations:

87% of the countries have Responsibility, Achiever or Learner as their top talent theme.

10% of the countries have Relator as their top talent theme.

Only three countries (Japan, Macao, and Mauritius) have a top theme different than the other 97% of countries.

Of top strengths by gender, generation, and country, Japan is the only one with a top Influencing/Fire theme.

In terms of strengths domains or categories, 43% of countries have a top Executing/Earth theme. 10% have a top Relating/Water theme. 46% have a top Thinking/Wind theme. 1% (Japan) has a top Influencing/Fire theme.


Closing Thoughts

Yesterday I led a Strengths workshop for 130 high schoolers. While we don't have strengths statistics for their generation as a whole (Generation Z), I will share this snapshot. These students' top five themes are:

  • Restorative
  • Adaptability
  • Futuristic
  • Achiever
  • Empathy

You can see they share three themes with the Millennials--Adaptability, Achiever, and Empathy--and have two different top five themes--Restorative and Futuristic. This may be unique to this student body or may indicate a trend. We'll have to wait and see.

I hope by looking at the information in this post, we appreciate both of the more frequent and the less frequent talents among us. We need each other to contribute in ways we personally can't.

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Chris Heinz

Written by Chris Heinz

I help people know themselves so they can be better. I'm a trainer and coach around strengths, the Enneagram, and employee engagement. As the Chief People Officer for EnergyCAP, Inc., I'm also a top-rated Learning Partner for Penn State. I hold coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation, and in the Enneagram. My writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." I'm also the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. I live with my wife and three children in central PA and blog from www.ChrisHeinz.com.