1. The analyst
The analyst, also known as the INTJ personality type, is one of the less common workplace personalities. People with this personality type tend to be independent and self-sufficient, which is partially due to the fact that they rely on analytical thinking. Analyst personality types are able to look at a problem objectively and use analytical thinking to determine a solution based on the data. While this makes the INTJ personality type great at some things, it can be a hindrance as well.
People who have the INTJ personality type tend to prefer working on their own, which means they can be neglectful of input from others. This is often difficult when you’re working as a team to create the best version of something or meet a deadline. That being said, an analyst personality type can provide several benefits to a team with the right personality types.
2. The leader
One of the most essential personality types, the leader is responsible for acting as the head of the group and ensuring everyone is working toward a common goal. Leader personality types may not have the best creative or analytical minds, but they excel at organizing. By organizing groups of people and processes in more efficient ways, leader personality types can oversee a project to make sure everything goes smoothly.
The problem with leader personality types is that they tend to have a singular focus on long-term goals. This means leaders may lose sight of the short-term creative vision. Plus, you may have a difficult time getting through to a leader personality type if you’re not pitching your ideas with confidence because that’s what the leader personality type recognizes.
3. The logician
The logician is a personality type that excels at analytical thinking, whether that means theorycrafting to plan for a project or reading a manual to gain in-depth knowledge about new computer software. Logician personality types are great at work as long as they have a sufficiently challenging project in front of them. Typically, the logician personality type prefers to be given a challenging project that they can focus on by themselves.
In many cases, logician personality types are also quieter and more reserved. Some people who are logicians may even have trouble picking up on or appropriately reacting to social cues, so they may seem a bit strange or socially awkward to others. Still, this is one of the most important personality types to have on your team.
4. The logistician
The logistician is similar to the logician in some ways, but there are some key differences. Logisticians are all about following order, which means working hard to meet deadlines and achieve milestones. This personality type often does an excellent job of keeping other people in line, which makes them a cornerstone of a successful team.
When it comes to working with logisticians, it’s crucial to make sure you’re doing your part to make sure deadlines are met. Logisticians expect everybody to do their part and work to meet deadlines, and they tend to see people who fail to meet deadlines as a liability. The best thing you can do if you’re working with a logistician is to clearly discuss your role and how you’re going to help meet deadlines, then follow through with what you’ve talked about.
5. The campaigner
The campaigner is generally a high-energy person who excels in lots of different social circles. This is the kind of person who can brighten anyone’s day and get along with any group of people, and those people skills are extremely valuable in the workplace. The downside to the campaigner personality type is the fact that they’re often talkative and curious to a fault. It’s important for other personality types to help keep the campaigner focused on the task at hand, especially when they start to lose focus and trail off into something else.
Campaigners are great at brainstorming, but they can also be a distraction if they’re not kept in check. Invite campaigners to brainstorming sessions, but try to gently guide them back toward the matter at hand if they start talking about other stuff. As long as they’ve got someone to help them stay focused, the campaigner is a great person to have at work.
6. The advocate
Advocate personality types are all about working to accomplish things they care about. This personality type is extremely loyal to the people and ideas they care about, which means it can be difficult to get them interested in or focused on other things. That being said, advocates are one of the best personality types to have on your side if they’re working toward a larger goal that they believe in. This is why it’s important to be clear about the goals you’re working toward and how achieving those goals will be beneficial.
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to working with an advocate is the fact that they’re typically very private. You want to discuss long-term goals with advocates to make sure they’re committed to the project, but you need to be careful not to invade their personal space or sense of privacy. As long as advocates feel an adequate sense of privacy and are committed to the project, they’re fiercely loyal workers.
7. The debater
The debater personality type loves to argue with people, whether they’re arguing for something they actually believe in or simply doing it for sport. This might seem like an abrasive personality type, but that inquisitive nature can help debaters get more done. As you might imagine, some of the other personality types don’t necessarily get along with the debater personality type very well. People who understand the importance of tone of voice typically have an easier time interacting with debater personality types.
Giving debaters independence is one of the best things you can do to keep them motivated and working hard. Debaters may like to be around others when it’s time for a debate, but they typically prefer to work in a more independent setting. If you’ve got an independent job you need a hard-working employee to take care of, debaters are often a great choice for that type of work.
Debaters are also great if you need somebody to work in consulting and other hybrid independent/team-based jobs. A natural proclivity for debating and an interest for getting a better understanding of the job or project make debaters great at giving advice and helping to make decisions based on advice.
8. The executive
As far as the executive is concerned, law and order are the most important principles when it comes to the workplace. This is a personality type that believes in following the rules and doing things by the book, and anyone who doesn’t do that is essentially going against the executive. Executive personality types also value honesty above all else, so you need to make sure you’re speaking clearly and honestly with this personality type.
Because executives typically spend a lot of time “climbing the ladder” at work, they’re driven by a commitment to become better at what they do and to further their careers. This means that executives can be hard-headed about doing things their way, much like the analyst.
The best thing you can do to get in good with the executive personality type is to show them that you’re committed to their way of doing things. Follow the rules, be honest, and do what you can to help move the vision of the executive and leader forward.
9. The entrepreneur
Entrepreneur personality types are risk-takers who are willing to jump into just about any situation if there’s room for growth. In fact, entrepreneur work personality types are such risk-takers that they may get themselves into a situation without thinking about the pros and cons or the potential outcome. While this can get entrepreneurs in trouble, it’s the very spirit that makes them great at adopting and developing new ideas.
Some entrepreneur types have a difficult time working in a corporate setting where everything is rigid. You can remedy that by allowing entrepreneurs to be on the cutting edge of everything your business does, whether you integrate them into the newest projects or put them in charge of adopting new technology that other employees will use.
Mediator personality types are creative thinkers who have all the tools to thrive in various roles, but they’re also generally somewhat introverted. The result is that many mediator personality types have a difficult time focusing on things that a logician or analyst may focus on. Instead, mediators tend to spend a lot of time with their thoughts, which makes them a great fit for jobs that require creative thinking.
The biggest concern with mediators is the fact that they may not be the best at following deadlines and using analytical thinking. If you want a mediator personality type to work hard and focus on a project, you need to convince them to believe in that project. As long as mediators are committed to a project and have the resources to use their creativity, they can excel in a variety of roles.