following is a brief overview of the four basic temperaments. It
is not meant to be all inclusive. Understanding your personality
helps you look at your life more objectively, working to include
areas that are natural to you and refining areas of your personality
that are not as appropriate for a given situation.
- Direct people
are fast paced. They like to keep busy. They aren't team players,
preferring to do things by themselves or delegating work they don't
find interesting. They can become annoyed when having to work with
others and do things differently from their chosen way. They are
persistent, viewed as stubborn, overcome obstacles and win at any
cost. They're great people to have on your side. They will fight
for you and protect you. They are fearless. They have high expectations
of others. They are interested in meeting their own goals. Direct
people are so goal oriented, they are not aware of other people's
feelings and frequently override them. They appear uncaring, however
their main concern isn't another person's feelings but getting the
job done, meeting the goal. They tend to tell people, instead of
ask. They are forceful, bottom-line people who hate to waste time.
They want straight talk and direct answers. They want answers to
their "WHAT" questions
people are fast
paced with a lot of energy and usually very busy. They have a network
of contacts. They like people and like to talk. They are good at
promoting ideas and seek to persuade others to agree with them.
Time gets away from them and everything takes a lower propriety
when they're discussing ideas. They would never intentionally antagonize
anyone. It's important to them that others have a favorable impression
of them. Never embarrass an I - Influential person in public. It
will devastate them. They're more interested in people than in accomplishing
tasks. They thrive in the social scene. They can be a poor judge
of people because they are so optimistic. They believe everything
will be all right and everyone is "such a nice person". They tell
people, they don't ask. They communicate well and need freedom of
expression. They may overuse praise. Some people may see it as flattery
and feel manipulated. They have trouble staying focused. They can
become easily distracted. They are imaginative. They like what is
new and innovative. They tend to think in the future. They want
answers to their "WHO" questions.
to keep their environment from changing. They have a consistent
work performance. They accommodate others. They get along well with
others because they are flexible in their attitude. They may not
say anything if they disagree just to keep peace, however they seem
to find a way to get what they want. They are moderate and controlled.
They are modest. They like to help others, make good counselors
and are great listeners. They can speak on an intellectual level
and prefer quiet discussions with one or two people. They build
close relationships with a small group of friends. They like to
maintain familiar and predictable patterns. They are consistent
in accomplishing work. If they receive appreciation, they maintain
a high level of performance. They may need help when starting a
new project. They like to feel comfortable with anything new before
actually starting it. They enjoy something in writing so they can
refer to it. They ask, they don't tell. They want answers to their
"HOW" and "WHEN" questions.
people are critical
thinkers. They draw conclusions and base action on facts, correctness,
the rules and accuracy. They are slow paced and task oriented. They
are trivia experts, someone who might appear on Jeopardy. They are
very effective in their work. They combine intuition with facts
to reach a conclusion. They like to work with people who think the
way they do. They like to keep peace. They may not be shy but people
find it difficult to read them. They don't show their feelings.
They tend to protect their privacy. Aggressive people upset them.
They control their environment by understanding the rules and following
them. These may be existing rules or their own rules but they will
follow them. They study privately to learn about a subject before
discussing it in public. They only start a project when they're
sure of perfection. Perfection is very important to them. They tend
to be critical of themselves. They defend their position and support
it rather than show flexibility. They think in outline form, frequently
saying, "number 1 and b", thinking things in sequence. They make
to-do lists. They ask, they don't tell. They want answers to their
"WHY" and "HOW" questions.