Do you embrace who you are? If you grew up in a loving, supportive environment, you probably do.
If not, you probably struggle with that.
I learned to embrace who I am through personality tests.
I love personality tests and assessments, and even though I teach the DISC system, I find value in nearly every test/assessment I take.
The thing I love about DISC is that it teaches you to love and embrace who you are while showing you how you can be better.
I call that a win-win.
Are you driven to succeed? Embrace your personality’s drive and learn patience.
People with this personality type rarely lack self esteem or self awareness. They know, like and embrace who they are fully
Sometimes, they lack the patience and tact to convey their ideas to others without sounding dictatorial.
They also sometimes lack the skill of compromise and understanding other’s pacing, which makes them appear unyielding.
Other personality types look at this type and know they want what’s best, they just don’t realize that what’s best for them isn’t best for everyone.
So how do you embrace this personality type without offending others?
And even if you don’t really care about offending others, this is valuable information to understand.
Other personality types lack your drive and ambition. They also lack your full throttle pace.
While you know you can take a project and run with it all the way to the finish line, that finish line is lonely if you cross it alone.
Use your considerable ability to finish well to encourage others to meet deadlines without demanding it, and everyone benefits.
Do you love to be inspired? Embrace your personality’s love of fun and people while learning to focus.
People with this personality type love to have fun especially with other people.
They would always rather work with someone even if that person is working on something completely different.
This personality type thrives on community and gets energy and focus from being around others.
They sometimes lack the ability to get started or finish well, and they may struggle in the middle as well. This doesn’t mean they are incompetent.
It means that they work better when someone else helps them stay focused.
They have no problem being kind or having fun.
They do have a problem asking for help, knowing they may miss a deadline because they struggle to pace themselves on their work.
This personality type promises themselves over and over that they will not wait until the thirteenth hour to finish a project, and they mean it.
Unfortunately, unless they work very hard at it or find a group or an accountability partner, they will likely continue putting things off until the last minute, not because they’re incompetent, but because they struggle with time management, particularly with tasks they dislike.
Embrace who you are with the inspired personality by finding accountability partners and time management techniques that work for you.
Do you seek security? Embrace your personality’s ability to support others and learn to set boundaries.
People with this personality type are incredibly sweet.
Nothing makes them happier than to support the team in whatever way they can, as long as they avoid leading.
These people want to show up, do their job well and go home. They have no desire to lead, except by example, and are truly happy to be a worker bee.
They will do anything and everything to support those they care about, which is the best and worst thing about them.
This personality type in balance makes the team look good and brings everyone together by helping each person work to their strengths so the entire team benefits.
Out of balance, this personality type lacks boundaries and overloads themselves to avoid confronting those who aren’t contributing fully to the team.
They take on others’ work and will sacrifice unless they learn to set healthy boundaries.
Other personality types may have no idea that they are overloading the security seeker because without boundaries, they will do anything to avoid conflict.
Unfortunately, some people exploit those tendencies and leave this sweet personality type in desperate situations.
If you have this personality type, you can embrace who you are by finding a work buddy that teaches you how to say no and set healthy boundaries.
That way, you do your own work and support others in more meaningful ways.
Are you cautious and careful with your work? Embrace your dedication to quality and learn to let go of perfectionism.
People with this personality type produce some of the highest quality work possible.
They love to dive into the details of a project and produce the most amazing reports.
They research for hours and spend days tweaking the data.
This personality type contributes to every team by asking questions other personality types never think to ask.
Their natural curiosity helps them to learn and see things others miss.
In balance, they, like the security seeking personality, make everyone look good. Their challenge is to let good enough be good enough.
The cautious personality loves and needs to be right.
If someone finds a typo in their report, they range from irritated to devastated depending upon how balanced they are. I
f someone publicly announces a work error, even the most balanced cautious personality type struggles, not only to forgive themselves for the mistake but also the person they think humiliated them.
The offending person may not know about the cautious type’s humiliation.
This personality type benefits greatly from someone who helps them lighten up and see that life and work doesn’t need to be perfect to be amazing.
If you have this personality type, you can embrace who you are by realizing your attention to detail is an asset to the team even when the end result isn’t perfect.
How to embrace who you are even better
Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios?
Do you see how understanding those who are different and seeking to help them rather than judge them helps everyone?
By embracing who you are and appreciating others’ personality types, you make every team, group and organization better.
You empower task oriented personality types to produce quality work without offending others, and encourage people oriented personality types to meet deadlines and set appropriate boundaries.
You empower people oriented personality types to lighten the mood and support everyone to produce their best work while learning to produce their best quality work.
What family, business, team, organization or group wouldn’t benefit from that?
So, what do you do next?
To learn more about personality types and how to help everyone have the be a better part of any group, team or organization they’re part of, start by reading Which of the four personality types are you?
Finally, check out the Moving Toward Better DISC Assessment Page to schedule a personal assessment and consultation or schedule a training for your group or organization.