Personalities in the workplace: Feelers vs. Thinkers

The third personality dimension is value style, and this dimension is comprised of thinkers and feelers which fall at each end of its spectrum. In order to determine your value style, one must look at “how you approach decision making,” says Tania. Thinkers tend to value objectivity, competence and logic when making decisions. On the contrary, feelers tend to value empathy, relationships and personal touch. “Thinkers at work put logic and reason into decision making,” says Tania. They also tend to be focused on the task at hand rather than the people or relationships involved. They value competence and may be more competitive than cooperative. They also strongly believe that emotions and personal problems do not belong in the work place. Feelers function differently at work. They tend to value relationships, connection and service to other people. They want to do work that reflects their values and allows them to make the world a better place. They like to cooperate and often put the task secondary to building a strong team. They also desire a workplace with a personal touch, where people can be appreciated and supported.

The fourth and final dimension to personality types is referred to as self-management style. This dimension holds judgers and perceivers at each end of its spectrum. The main difference between these two types is that judgers like to be organized and keep a schedule while perceivers would rather be flexible, open and spontaneous. In the workplace, judgers appreciate organization and order, and like a firm structure. They enjoy planning ahead and prefer to not change course once a plan is set. They tend to stick to schedules, deadlines, and deliver results on time. Unfortunately, judgers may not thrive in unpredictable workplaces or in environments of constant change. On the other hand, perceivers are “all about the prospect of possibility,” says Tania. They tend to appreciate flexibility in their work and like to be free in order to adapt to change. They prefer not to plan ahead as they believe they are more effective when they ‘roll with the punches’. They may feel limited by schedules and deadlines as they like to work when inspiration strikes. Unfortunately, they may have trouble delivering on time but make up for this by excelling in situations that are unpredictable.

 

At the end of the lesson, the entrepreneurs learnt that they would be able to gain key insights into what kind of worker they are by determining what side of each dimension’s spectrum they tend to fall on. This is essential knowledge for all entrepreneurs as it allows them to take note of their strengths and weaknesses that arise in various work situations, and then act accordingly. It is however important to note that one can change their style depending on the situation. Just like right-handed individuals tend to exclusively write with their dominant hand, does not mean it is impossible to write with their left. The same goes for personality types, one tends to mostly utilize dominant style, however may change it to complement different situations. Thank you to Tania Habimana and The Threads Program for informing the entrepreneurs to the importance of identifying personality types in order to excel in the work place.

 

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