Telling me to relax is like telling me not to breathe. My driving personality is motivated by what I accomplish. Not only do I want to do a lot, but my Powerful Personality wants to do it the fast way. Especially at work.
I also believe if you can’t remember something it doesn’t do you any good. That’s why I appreciate Marita Littauer Noon’s simple labels for personality analysis. I’ve been able to teach others to recognize why they are who they are at work. It also enables me to help them interpret foreign personality languages. But more on that another time.
The secondary side of my nature is the Popular Personality. No matter where I go, including the workplace, I have an innate need to do things the fun way.
Polar opposite to my fun-side is the Perfect Personality. This sensitive type thrives on doing things the right way at work. This is critical, so they can measure success or failure.
Diametrically different from my driving temperament is the Peaceful Personality. They require a work environment that offers short lists to enable them to do things the easy way. Employers would do well to remember this is more than a want — it’s essential to their ability to produce.
No matter what personality God has given us, we all have strengths and weaknesses. We often spend more waking hours at work than any other place. Knowing who we are, why we behave as we do, what drives us, where we will most likely flourish, and when we are at optimum performance helps us improve. We all have a place in our business or work, the key is finding how we fit.
What are your personality gifts? Are you working in a climate that allows you to use them?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
1 Corinthians 12:6 (NIV)
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Expert, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.