Ever wondered why you work well with some people and clash with others? You can almost predict how some colleagues will react to situations and others leave you completely baffled. Chances are it has a lot to do with individual personality type preferences. Take this personality quiz.
Our personality types along with different work ethics, opinions, and approaches make it difficult to get along perfectly with everyone all the time. However, being aware of your personality style makes you more likely to observe the traits of those around you. Recognizing personality types can go a long way in helping you understand yourself, as well as your colleagues!
Know your preferences. Understanding these boundaries and knowing when you’re within or outside them can improve your productivity, efficiency, and time management skills.
Avoid conflict. Understanding your personality type can diffuse conflicts before they arise. If you know you tend to have a knee-jerk reaction when a problem arises, you can adjust this behavior and be more receptive to the situation. Conversely, if you’re usually quick to accept responsibility for a problem even if it’s not your fault you can train yourself to be more analytical and evaluate the situation before determining how to address it.
Appreciate diversity. Recognizing how your personality type differs from and interacts with the personality types of others can give you a great appreciation for diversity. Diversity is important to your team, work environment, and company.
Find the right career. Your personality type plays a big role in whether you’re right for a particular career, how well you perform your daily responsibilities, and even your overall job satisfaction. For instance, if you are very extroverted, you likely won’t fare well in a position where you don’t interact with people. Meanwhile, an introvert probably isn’t going to be as satisfied in a customer service position.
Improve decision-making abilities. You base decisions on your sensing versus intuition preference. If you are a sensing person, you’re more likely to feel out a situation before making a choice. You engage all five senses to gather the right information. If you’re more reliant on intuition, you will probably make a choice based on instinct.
The theory behind personality type is that we are born with, live with, and die with our type. It will develop and evolve over time. We might choose to use it differently or apply it differently throughout our experiences. But it will usually remain the same throughout our lives. By understanding your personality type more fully, you can learn to appreciate your strengths and recognize your weaknesses, as well as those of the people around you.
Accepting this about yourself and those around you can not only improve your ability to work more successfully with your colleagues but everyone you encounter.