Who you know and what you do are important in your career, but if you have a work personality that clashes with others, you won’t get very far, says Shane Atchison, CEO at creative agency Possible.
He explains 10 work personality types, what they do well and what they may need to change.
1. Kvetches point out what people are doing wrong and rarely offer ideas for making things better. If that sounds like you, work on limiting how often you complain without offering a solution.
2. Optimists are interested in improving processes for the sake of the company. They support good ideas and like to keep the office moving. Optimists can be good mentors and help develop others.
3. Fence sitters are one of the most common work personalities. They take on others’ traits—for better and for worse. They should look to work with optimists.
4. Realists call it as they see it and share their opinions. They need to be aware of the best times to speak up.
5. Blockers are cautious with money, time and risk. They can hold an organization back. Blockers should examine their motivations and take some risks.
6. Me-firsts blame co-workers for things that go wrong and take credit for things that go right. They should try to act like optimists and get some work done.
7. Martyrs put in long hours for the sake of looking busy. They should work more efficiently and take time for themselves.
8. Filibusters do a lot of talking without saying much. They help meetings drag on by asking vague questions. Filibusterers should set targets and timelines for achieving things.
9. Self-limiters may have an issue with their confidence and don’t offer ideas in meetings or projects. They can grow out of self-limiting as they gain confidence.
10. Job-title snobs pay attention to positions instead of people and assign worth accordingly. They should involve younger people more often.
— Adapted from “Is Your Personality Killing Your Career?” Shane Atchison, LinkedIn.