Your Natural Talents, Gifts & Abilities

Your Natural Talents, Gifts & Abilities

Everyone is born with inherent abilities that make certain types of tasks preferable to others. 

For that reason, people are most fulfilled in their careers when they find an environment that allows them to work primarily from their gifts and their natural talents. The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) is an objective way to assess what those abilities are in a virtual, online format.

For some, talents are specialized, such as a gift for music or design, or a gift for theoretical thought. For others, talents may be more generalized, such as a talent for leading teams or the abilities that make teaching, selling or writing easy.

But does it matter if you know what your natural abilities are? Can’t everyone learn skills and improve their job performance, regardless? 

There’s no question that we can all improve in different areas and acquire skills. But it takes a tremendous amount of effort to do something well for which you are not naturally suited. You will achieve fewer results and far less satisfaction doing work that doesn’t align with your natural talents, gifts, and abilities. For individuals, this means longer, more frustrating hours with fewer rewards; for organizations, this means falling short of attaining maximum productivity.

Categories of Natural Abilities

Personal Style

Driving Abilities

Specialized Abilities

  • Generalist / Specialist
  • Introvert / Extrovert
  • Time Frame
  • Classification
  • Concept Organization
  • Idea Productivity
  • Spatial Relations Theory
  • Spatial Relations Visualization
  • Design Memory
  • Observation
  • Verbal Memory
  • Tonal Memory
  • Rhythm Memory
  • Pitch Discrimination
  • Number Memory
  • Visual Speed
  • Visual Accuracy

Personal Style dimensions are predictive of behavior patterns.

Driving Abilities power everything that you do.

Specialized Abilities influence how you take in information.

Your scores in these different areas will be relatively high, medium, or low in comparison to the tens of thousands of people who have taken the HAB before you. There’s no inherent benefit to one ability over another—it’s knowing where your strengths lie that gives you the advantage. That’s how you can discover your real source of creativity and energy.

Understanding Your Natural Abilities

Your natural abilities will be charted and explained in customized reports designed to relate your pattern of abilities to align with performance, work and school environment, and career fit. Your Highlands Certified Consultant will debrief the report with you in a 90 minute meeting to interpret the results and help you identify where and how those abilities can best be leveraged in your career journey.

As powerful and rich in guidance as your natural talents and hardwiring are, they are just part of the whole person. People are too complex to be defined by just one or two factors. Our holistic approach to career transformation takes into account other critical factors such as your interests, values, family, and goals. Learn more about the Highlands Whole Person Model and how to craft your Personal Vision.

For more on what your Natural Abilities look like in real life, click here.