Multipotentialite – Renaissance Soul

Multipotentiality is the state of having many exceptional talents, any one or more of which could make for a great career for that person. Tamara Fisher – from her article Multipotentiality

Margaret Loeb calls us Renaissance Souls. Barbara Sher uses the name Scanner. R.H. Frederickson uses multipotentialed, Tamara Fisher and others use the term multipotentiality. Emilie Wapnick uses multipotentialite and multipod. Some people simply use the word multipassionate.

It makes complete sense that we’ve coined so many words describing this personality trait. Being multipotentialites, how could we settle on just one?

some multipotentialite superpowers:

  • Idea synthesis or Integral thinking
  • Unique collection of skills and experiences
  • Able to effectively and accurately communicate with diverse groups of people about a wide variety of subjects. Is often the person in the room or on the team who is translating between disparate groups.
  • Innovative thinking.
  • Rapid learning.
  • Our passion makes us inspiring people to be around.
  • Adaptability – A really important skill to develop to thrive in the 21st c.

Way back in 1972, a guy named R.H. Frederickson defined a multipotentialed person as someone who, “when provided with appropriate environments, can select and develop a number of competencies to a high level.”

Later, researchers discovered that many multipotentialed people are creative as well, and their multipotentiality shows up as complex cognitive abilities, curiosity, a drive for perfection, and high degrees of originality and flexibility. — Patty Bechtold from her post Creative Blocks or Multipotentiality?

Self test to see if you have Renaissance Soul traits.


Multipotentiality By Tamara Fisher

Specialization, Polymaths And The Pareto Principle In A Convergence Economy by Jake Chapman

Career Planning for Gifted and Talented Youth in ERIC Digest

Multipotentiality: When High Ability Leads to Too Many Options by Lisa Rivero, M.A.

How to Be a Happy Multipotentialite in a Traditional Career by Neil Hughes

Getting Unusual Suspects to Solve R&D Puzzles by Karim R. Lakhani and Lars Bo Jeppesen