03 Apr Bring Your Personality
Personality is what makes you, you!
We know you’ve got style and innovation bursting from your fingertips. And we definitely know that, put in the right circumstances, you can be wildly successful at your work.
However, when we’re put in circumstances that don’t necessarily fly with how our brain and bodies work, it have negative lasting effects on our work and others’ perceptions of our work. To some we’ll look lazy, disorganized, obsessive, jarring, or maybe a little bit crazy. Yet it’s time to remember that good, old Albert Einstein quote:
‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’
Exactly. So all you fishes and monkeys, antelopes and amphibians, and even that random dodo bird out there (we know you still exist!) there’s no reason to fret. We’ve got you covered.
Let’s break it down a little bit.
There are many personality models but the one most popularly distributed is the Meyers-Briggs. It breaks personality into four separate, opposing attitudes and everyone has one part of these four attitudes. Therefore, there is a total of 16 possible personality types.
Let’s break them down and see how you fit in? Perhaps by reviewing your strengths and weaknesses, you can develop a better work ethic, theory, and attitude.
Below, I will list the positive and negative qualities to each type of personality that can affect your work life. This does not mean that an introvert can’t be charming or an extrovert a strong observer. Often people’s qualities are well-mixed. However, usually there is a weight in one direction or the other.
Extroversion v. Introversion (E/I)
This module is where you get your energy from. Do you get your energy from people or do you get it from being alone?
If you’re an extrovert, you get your energy from being around people and your positive work qualities could include being energizing,charming, and putting people at ease. You negative qualities include being loud, hyperactive, and interrupting.
If you’re more of an introvert, you get your energy from being alone. Your positive qualities include being focused, independent, and a keen observer while your negative qualities include being uncomfortable, aloof, and a bit uncommunicative.
Sensing v. Intuition (S/N)
This module derives from how you gather information.
If you are a sensing individual, you gather knowledge from your experiences and are very practical and need to work through a problem to see a result. Your positive qualities include being pragmatic and accurate and your negative qualities are being skeptical and perhaps a bit boring sometimes.
On the other hand, a person who relies on intuition gathers their information from inspiration and are very ‘Big Picture’ people. Your positive qualities include being imaginative and forward thinking but the negative qualities are being unrealistic and erratic.
Thinking v. Feeling (T/F)
Being thinking versus feeling is based on your decision making.
A thinking person makes their decisions based on logical reasoning. They are clear, direct and rule oriented, which can be very positive. However, this also leads to negative qualities of being cold, insensitive, and authoritative.
Conversely, a feeling person makes decisions based on human values and needs. Positively, you can be very empathetic, caring, and insightful. However, negatively, you might be over-sensitive, vague, and perhaps even two-faced considering the circumstances.
Judgement v. Perception (J/P)
The final category assesses how you organize your life and work.
When one is judging, you are quick, planned, and focused on completing the task at hand. They are rather organized and responsible individuals. However, you can also be impatient and constantly anxious.
And when one is perceiving, you are more spontaneous and focused more on living your life. You are usually adaptable, laid back, and adventurous. However, you are also unreliable, disorganized, and highly unpredictable.
As you can see, there is no absolute positive combination, though you might wish to be more inclined in one direction or the other. However, that might even bring out further your personality type. Remember, there’s no 100% correct way to look at these factors. They are just tools to help you figure out how you may work and how you may appear to other people. By recognizing your own qualities, you can work better with colleagues and understand your own self more fully.
Do you think you know which is which? Just add up the letters downward. Are you an ENFJ? Perhaps a ISTP? Maybe even an ESFP? Click on the links below to find out more details on your personal qualities.
Or are you still confused? If you, you may want to look into taking a simple MBTI test to see where you fit and how you can help your work capabilities. Also, you may just find out some new and interesting facts. Who knows?
Do you want to know your personality type? This one is my favourite version of the test
Here’s a more in-depth review of MBTI qualities
And here is overviews of each type from the Myers-Briggs site