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Personality Traits Briefing

Personality Overview

Personality Type

The Caregiver (ESFJ)

Traits

  • Organized
  • Loyal
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
  • Enjoy creating order, structure, and schedules
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Warm-hearted and sympathetic
  • Tend to put others’ needs above their own
  • Very cooperative, good team members
  • Practical and down-to-earth
  • Enjoy variety, but work well with routine tasks
  • Need approval from others

Workplace Strengths

  • Put forth a lot of effort to fulfill their duties and obligations
  • Warm, friendly and affirming by nature
  • Service-oriented, they want to please others

Opportunities

  • Generally uncomfortable with change, and moving into new territories
  • Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism
  • Need a lot of positive affirmation to feel good about themselves
  • May be overly status-conscious, and interested in how others see them

Personality Type

The Doer (ESTP)

Traits

  • Action-oriented
  • Live in the present moment
  • Dislike abstract theory without practical application
  • Like to see immediate results for their efforts
  • Fast-paced and energetic
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Resourceful
  • Seldom work from a plan – make things up as they go

Workplace Strengths

  • Can be quite charming
  • Witty, clever, and popular
  • Seeks to add value

Opportunities

  • Not naturally in tune with what others are feeling
  • Not naturally good at expressing feelings and emotions
  • May inadvertently hurt others with insensitive language

Personality Type

The Duty Fulfiller (ISTJ)

Traits

  • Value tradition, security, and peaceful living
  • Will work long and hard to fulfill duties
  • Can be depended on to follow through on tasks
  • Loyal and faithful
  • Stable, practical and down-to-earth
  • Family-minded
  • Dislike doing things which don’t make sense to them
  • Dislike abstract theory, unless they see the practical application
  • Natural leaders
  • Prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when necessary

Workplace Strengths

  • Honor their commitments
  • Take their relationship roles very seriously
  • Usually able to communicate what’s on their minds with precision
  • Good listeners

Opportunities

  • Tendency to believe that they’re always right
  • Tendency to get involved in “win-lose” conversations
  • Not naturally in-tune with what others are feeling

Personality Type

The Executive (ENTJ)

Traits

  • Driven to turn theories into plans
  • Highly value knowledge
  • Future-oriented
  • Natural leaders
  • Impatient with inefficiency and incompetence
  • Want things structured and orderly
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Dislike routine, detail-oriented tasks

Workplace Strengths

  • Genuinely interested in people’s ideas and thoughts
  • Enthusiastic and energetic
  • Take their commitments very seriously
  • Fair-minded and interested in doing the Right Thing

Opportunities

  • Their enthusiasm for verbal debates can make them appear argumentative
  • Tendency to be challenging and confrontational
  • Tend to get involved in “win-lose” conversations
  • Tendency to have difficulty listening to others

Personality Type

The Giver (ENFJ)

Traits

  • Genuinely and warmly interested in people
  • Value people’s feelings
  • Value structure and organization
  • Value harmony, and good at creating it
  • Exceptionally good people skills
  • Dislike impersonal logic and analysis
  • Strong organizational capabilities
  • Loyal and honest

Workplace Strengths

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Very perceptive about people’s thoughts and motives
  • Motivational, inspirational; bring out the best in others

Opportunities

  • Tend to be critical of opinions and attitudes which don’t match their own
  • Sometimes unaware of social appropriateness or protocol
  • Extremely sensitive to conflict, with a tendency to sweep things under the rug as an avoidance tactic

Personality Type

The Guardian (ESTJ)

Traits

  • Natural leaders – they like to be in charge
  • Value security and tradition
  • Loyal
  • Hard-working and dependable

Workplace Strengths

  • Generally enthusiastic, upbeat and friendly
  • Stable and dependable, they can be counted on to promote security for their families
  • Put forth a lot of effort to fulfill their duties and obligations

Opportunities

  • Tendency to believe that they are always right
  • Tendency to need to always be in charge
  • Impatient with inefficiency and sloppiness

Personality Type

The Artist (ISFP)

Traits

  • Keen awareness of their environment
  • Live in the present moment
  • Enjoy a slower pace – they like to take time to savor the present moment
  • Dislike dealing with theory or abstract thought, unless they see a practical application
  • Faithful and loyal to people and ideas which are important to them
  • Individualistic, having no desire to lead or follow
  • Take things seriously, although they frequently appear not to

Workplace Strengths

  • Usually optimistic
  • Good listeners
  • Good at dealing with practical day-to-day concerns

Opportunities

  • Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism
  • Focused on enjoying the present moment, they may appear lazy or slow-moving at times
  • Need to have their own space, and dislike having it invaded

Personality Type

The Idealist (INFP)

Traits

  • Strong value systems
  • Warmly interested in people
  • Service-oriented, usually putting the needs of others above their own
  • Loyal and devoted to people and causes
  • Future-oriented
  • Growth-oriented; always want to be growing in a positive direction

Workplace Strengths

  • Warmly concerned and caring towards others
  • Sensitive and perceptive about what others are feeling
  • Loyal and committed – they want lifelong relationships

Opportunities

  • May tend to be shy and reserved
  • Don’t like to have their “space” invaded
  • Extreme dislike of conflict
  • Extreme dislike of criticism
  • Strong need to receive praise and positive affirmation

Personality Type

The Inspirer (ENFP)

Traits

  • Project-oriented
  • Bright and capable
  • Warmly, genuinely interested in people; great people skills
  • Extremely intuitive and perceptive about people
  • Able to relate to people on their own level
  • Service-oriented; likely to put the needs of others above their own

Workplace Strengths

  • Good communication skills
  • Very perceptive about people’s thought and motives
  • Motivational, inspirational; bring out the best in others

Opportunities

  • Their enthusiasm may lead them to be unrealistic
  • Extreme dislike of conflict
  • Extreme dislike of criticism
  • Don’t pay attention to their own needs

Personality Type

The Mechanic (ISTP)

Traits

  • Interested in how and why things work
  • Do not function well in regimented, structured environments; they will either feel stifled or become intensely bored
  • Constantly gather facts about their environment and store them away
  • Have an excellent ability to apply logic and reason to their immense store of facts to solve problems or discover how things work
  • Learn best “hands-on”
  • Usually able to master theory and abstract thinking, but don’t particularly like dealing with it unless they see a practical application
  • Action-oriented “doers”

Workplace Strengths

  • Good listeners
  • Usually self-confident
  • Generally optimistic and fun to be with
  • Practical and realistic, they handle daily concerns

Opportunities

  • Living entirely in the present, they have difficulty with long-term commitments
  • Not naturally good at expressing feelings and emotions
  • Not tuned in to what others are feeling, they may be insensitive at times

Personality Type

The Nurturer (ISFJ)

Traits

  • Large, rich inner store of information which they gather about people
  • Highly observant and aware of people’s feelings and reactions
  • Excellent memory for details which are important to them
  • Very in-tune with their surroundings – excellent sense of space and function
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion

Workplace Strengths

  • Warm, friendly and affirming by nature
  • Service-oriented, wanting to please others
  • Good listeners
  • Will put forth lots of effort to fulfill their duties and obligations

Opportunities

  • Don’t pay enough attention to their own needs
  • May have difficulty branching out into new territory
  • Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism

Personality Type

The Performer (ESFP)

Traits

  • Live in the present moment
  • Are stimulated and excited by new experiences
  • Practical and realistic
  • Warmly interested in people
  • Know how to have a good time, and how to make things fun for others
  • Independent and resourceful

Workplace Strengths

  • Enthusiastic and fun-loving, they make everything enjoyable
  • Clever, witty, direct, and popular, people are drawn towards them
  • Flexible and diverse, they “go with the flow” extremely well

Opportunities

  • Extreme dislike of criticism, likely to take things extremely personally
  • Likely to ignore or escape conflict situations rather than face them

Personality Type

The Protector (INFJ)

Traits

  • Intuitively understand people and situations
  • Idealistic
  • Highly principled
  • Complex and deep
  • Natural leaders
  • Sensitive and compassionate towards people
  • Service-oriented
  • Future-oriented

Workplace Strengths

  • Sensitive and concerned for others’ feelings
  • Usually have good communication skills, especially written

Opportunities

  • Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism
  • Have very high expectations for themselves and others (both a strength and weakness)

Personality Type

The Scientist (INTJ)

Traits

  • Able to absorb extremely complex theoretical and complex material
  • Driven to create order and structure from theoretical abstractions
  • Supreme strategists
  • Future-oriented
  • See the global, “big picture”
  • Strong insights and intuitions, which they trust implicitly
  • Value their own opinions over others
  • Love difficult theoretical challenges

Workplace Strengths

  • Not threatened by conflict or criticism
  • Usually self-confident

Opportunities

  • Not naturally in tune with others feelings; may be insensitive at times
  • May tend to respond to conflict with logic and reason, rather than the desired emotional support

Personality Type

The Thinker (INTP)

Traits

  • Love theory and abstract ideas
  • Truth Seekers – they want to understand things by analyzing underlying principles and structures
  • Value knowledge and competence above all else
  • Have very high standards for performance, which they apply to themselves
  • Independent and original, possibly eccentric
  • Work best alone, and value autonomy
  • Have no desire to lead or follow

Workplace Strengths

  • Approach things which interest them very enthusiastically
  • Richly imaginative and creative
  • Do not feel personally threatened by conflict or criticism

Opportunities

  • Not naturally in tune with others’ feelings; slow to respond to emotional needs
  • Not naturally good at expressing their own feelings and emotions

Personality Type

The Visionary (ENTP)

Traits

  • Project-oriented
  • Enjoy generating ideas and theories
  • Creative and ingenious
  • Bright and capable
  • Flexible and Diverse
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enjoy debating issues with other people
  • Excellent people skills
  • Natural leaders, but do not like to control people

Workplace Strengths

  • Enthusiastic, upbeat, and popular
  • Can be very charming
  • Excellent communication skills

Opportunities

  • Always excited by anything new, they may change partners frequently
  • Tendency to not follow through on their plans and ideas
  • Their love of debate may cause them to provoke arguments
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