5 Classic Personality Types in Business.Which One Are You?
Your personality influences everything from the friends you choose, from way you work to the candidates you vote for in a political election. But despite this many people never really spend much time thinking about their personality traits and how it affects them.
Understanding your personality can give you insight into your strengths and weaknesses. It can also help you gain insight into how others see you.
Most modern-day psychologists like Dr. Wilhelm Reich, a colleague of Sigmund Freud, agree there are five major personality types;
1. Spirituality type.
Most of the energy in a Spirituality Type’s body is in their head, and they can seem like they’re in another world.The billionaire Paul Allen and actor Jim Carrey are good examples of this type. People who rank high in spirituality gain energy from social activity. They’re talkative and outgoing.
In business, to best deal with those who primarily demonstrate the Spirituality Type, it is important to not be aggressive or invasive.It’s best to be more soft-spoken and meet them where their mind is. Conversations do well to remain intellectual, conceptual, and non-aggressive. People who primarily demonstrate the Spirituality Type make great computer programmers, bookkeepers, or other occupations where they’re cloistered away at a desk with minimal client or customer contact.
2. Agreeable type.
Those who rank high in agreeableness are trustworthy, kind, and affectionate toward others. They’re known for their pro-social behavior and they’re often committed to volunteer work and altruistic activities. Other people may view them as naïve and overly passive. Woody Allen and Nicholas Cage are examples of this type.
In a business environment, it’s important to be kind and understanding, but not get sucked into trying to fill these people’s emotional void with your attention and support.It can be difficult to get them off the phone or keep them on track with the business at hand.This type can be good at customer service or helping coworkers with personal issues, conflicts, or complaints—anything that requires connecting with others on an emotional level.
Their proportions tend to be perfect. John Tesh and Nancy Pelosi are good examples.These people are efficient, well-organized, dependable, and self-sufficient. They prefer to plan things in advance and aim for high achievement. They tend to be all business or have all their attention on making the surface look right.
People who primarily exhibit the Perfection Type are excellent at organizing the office, attending to details, quality control, researching, or creating office systems and professional-looking documents. However, they can also be so obsessed with getting every detail right that it can be hard to get them to stop when enough is enough.
4. Sensitivity type.
Sensitive people experience a high degree of emotional instability. They’re more likely to be reactive and excitable and they report higher degrees of unpleasant emotions like anxiety and irritability. Other people may view them as unstable and insecure. John Candy and Oliver Hardy are good examples. They have big, loving hearts and strive to please.
You can ask a lot of the Sensitivity Type, but it’s important not to take advantage of that by asking too much. When they are pushed too hard or offended, they don’t tend to communicate that.They are very sensitive and accommodating, and can be easily humiliated. The kindness in their heart makes them easy to connect with and work with on a daily basis, and they tend to be really nice people.
They tend to not trust people or situations which is why they like to remain in control.Sylvester Stallone and Hulk Hogan are good examples.
One does well to not get into conflict with this type. Even when you see they’re wrong, pointing that out is rarely fruitful. It’s better to acknowledge what truth there might be in their point and work with them to evolve the idea further. If their point ends up being refuted, it’s best that it comes out as if it’s their idea.
Commitment Type people make great sales people and managers because they so steadfastly remain 110% committed to a cause, and are happy to get people to conform to their opinion. They have a gift for seeing the big picture and are great at rallying and managing the troops. Because they’re afraid to be wrong, blindsided, or betrayed, they always have their attention on the big picture, which in the business environment can be a real asset.