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Workplace personality traits

Fifteen years ago, I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test to identify my personality type before participating in a fellowship. I don’t recall my specific type beyond that I’m an introvert who has a loyal quality.

The Myers-Briggs designations center around the following: extraversion, introversion, sensing, intuition, thinking, feeling, judging and perceiving. The four-letter combinations identify personality types, allowing for 16 options.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the personalities we encounter every day – and where I fit in at work. I see the following personalities in the workplace: the go-getters, or the ones who make things happen; the coasters, or the ones who latch on to everyone else’s good ideas; the ones who see the big picture; and the ones who are focused on the details.

Research published in the Harvard Business Review, reveal four personality types found in the workplace: pioneers, guardians, drivers and integrators. According to the Harvard Business Review, pioneers “value possibilities,” focus on the big picture and believe in taking risks. For guardians who “value stability,” details are important, but they are reluctant to embrace risk. Drivers “value challenge and generate momentum.” Integrators “value connection,” are diplomatic and see relationships as key.

Based on the rationale in HBR, I’m either a guardian or an integrator. I’m hesitant to embrace risk and I value connections while trying to be diplomatic. All personality types should be valued as we all have a role to play. For me, details matter, however, I’d like to be a pioneer or a driver. I want to see the big picture and get things done.

Can you change your personality? Probably not, but it’s a good idea to adapt some traits from another type to force you out of your comfort zone. Stability is a good thing, but where’s the fun in that?

By Nicole L. Gill, Digital Content Editor, CouncilMag.com