Personality and the professional environment.

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Defining my personality type is something I have not done up until now, it has always been something avoided when the subject arose. I believe this is due to the fact that I have always been unclear of the type of personality I have and do my best to fit the current situation accordingly. This subject, I believe is going to help me understand and define my own personality and help lead me on a focused career path with greater future goals.

This thought is reinforced in an article by ingame GmbH creator Mykro Thum titled, What Are Your Personal Strengths and Weaknesses (2013) where it states: Knowing your personal strengths and weaknesses can help you a lot in choosing the right career or making good decisions. Because if you are able to focus what you do around your personal strengths, you have the chance to create something remarkable, while making it look like it’s almost effortless for you.

Conversations with individuals explaining their results who have undergone the personality test in a professional environment have led me to believe I might be somewhat of an introvert. This was confirmed by the results I received after completion of the Myer-Briggs test. It also yielded some other results I was not expecting.

The results I received from the test are as follows, Introvert (41%), Intuitive (19%), Thinking (50%) and Judging (6%). These results put me in the personality type of INTJ.

A brief summary of the definition of an INTJ related to the workplace environment, written by Joe Butt and Margaret Heiss (2016) is a person who does what they know and knows what they don’t. They will immediately be able to tell you if they are of use in the situation. It is a perfectionist with an endless capability to improve on things that spark their interest. These personality types have the ability to quickly reject unpractical ideas while accepting the consequences of the practical ideas chosen. This allows them to avoid being buried in a mountain of work on their goal of perfection. This creates an unfamiliar state of independence of mind that frees an INTJ from the holds of Authority and also a convention. They possess the unusual combination of imagination and reliability, this leads them to be “system Builders”. A disregard for authority along with the trait of perfectionism come into play when working on a project as an INTJ will be uncompromising on project partners as well as themselves. This lack of respect for authority also sees INTJ’s losing respect for project partners not contributing to their full potential along with making critical decisions without informing others. Though this being the case INTJ’s will also be fair and impartial when it comes to individual contributions.

Advise America (2014) goes on to define an INTJ as a person who: assimilates all of the information around them, studies it, and then offers a solution when the timing is right. They don’t think out loud as many extroverted people do. They simply study, ask clear questions, and proceed toward a well-defined outcome based on their circumstances

This personality description did not surprise me completely. Though reading the description of an INTJ made me think that some may perceive me as an arrogant know it all. This is not the way I try to portray myself, I prefer to understand the people I am dealing with before opening up. This personal opinion of myself was found to be another common trait among INTJ’s as written by Career Planner (2012) where is states that some of INTJ’s biggest life struggles include “relaxing and going with the flow, overcoming shyness and showing their affection for others”. Upon applying these traits to past life and work experiences both creative and labor-orientated many of the traits have fit. The most important ones being knowing what I don’t know and what I do and how to contribute what I know in the best way possible, disregarding options that will not work when recognized and a sense of things having to be as perfect as possible in final works. A paper by The University of Texas at San Antonio (2004) states that INTJ’S have “High standards and strong work ethic”, which explains my pursuit for work that exceeds the standards of previously completed projects.

I have also learned from group work of a creative nature that I quickly lost respect for those who were not contributing as much as others. This led to me making changes to project elements without their consent. This decision was made because I felt that at the time I had the necessary skills to make the work reach a higher standard. Following further research as to why I made the changes, (UTSA, 2004) also mentions that INTJ’s have “ Difficulty working with or for others you consider less competent.” I don’t fully believe I found the individuals less competent but more so did not want my name associated with work of a halfhearted nature.

Looking at career choices that best suit this personality type it was found there are many. Including Business and financial, Math, Sciences and Arts, Design and Communication. Ball state University (2016) states that INTJ’s best suit these careers due to the fact “they are insightful and enjoy coming to new understandings”. Focusing more on design and how well these personality traits combine with creative work it is said that:

Introverts tend to work well without guidance from others. They are slower to speak their minds because they are more careful when processing data. They’re good with detail and have better focus. (Hodge, 2014)

In understanding what personality type I fit into and the characteristics of this personality, I have come to a personal opinion that I myself would best fit into a small studio atmosphere. This because I believe it would be where I would feel most at ease and, therefore, have the most efficient work ethic. The benefits of being part of a small team would mean opening up to colleagues much faster than in a large corporation. In turn, this would result in much better team communication and a higher quality of work. In saying this, though, after a period of working in a smaller studio, a new endeavor into a large corporation may follow. The reason behind this would be to gather more experience and further push personal skill set, both as a designer and team member.

When asked the question of whether I would work better as a team member or team leader, I believe the answer lies in another question. Do I hold the most knowledge and have the greater skill set of the team? If the answer is no then I should be a team member. In my personal opinion, I believe the best-suited team leader is the individual with the necessary skills to achieve the optimum result. In working under a team leader with greater skills than myself, I can only benefit by gaining a further knowledge from their experience.

Further research into INTJ’s as team leaders led me to find that this is in many cases the way this personality type will define their role as a team leader or team member. It is written that:

An INTJ leader isn’t going to be in charge of the biggest team. They’re actually generally content to remain in a follower-type position, but only as long as the leader of the team that they’re on is deemed to be competent. If incompetence is shown by a leader, then the INTJ person just can’t help themselves because they often know the right way to steer the ship. (Advise America Sales Training And Management Magazine, 2014)

In conclusion, I have discovered that almost all of my personality traits are those associated with an INTJ. I agree with that I do indeed fit this personality down to almost all details and have a better understanding of myself by understanding who an INTJ is. It has led me to understand how I go about problem-solving and how the personality reflects on my creative nature. The best-suited work environment has begun to be understood and for this reason, the choice of job that I aim to gain has been more defined. By now understanding I am an INTJ, in my personal opinion, I believe I have a better understanding of my personal interactions with other individuals and how I can best be of use in a team environment.

Works Cited

Advise America Sales Training And Management Magazine. (2014, Mar 20). INTJ Leadership style.

Ball State University. (2016). What Cab I Do With My Personality Tyoe? INTJ Careers and Majors. Retrieved Feb 22, 2016, from Ball State Unversity: cms.bsu.edu/About/administrativeoffices/careercenter/explore/assessment/typefocus/whatpersonality/intj

Career Planner . (2012). Advanced Personality Type Career Report. CAREERPLANNER.com.

Hiess, B. &. (n.d.). INTJ. Retrieved feb 17, 2016, from Human Metrics: http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/intj

Hodge, K. (2014, Jul 3). Which personality types make the best designers. Creative Bloq .

Thum, M. (2013, March 5). What Are Your Personal Strenghts and Weaknesses. Retrieved Feb 16, 2016, from MYRKO THUM: http://www.myrkothum.com/personal-strenghts-and-weaknesses/

UTSA. (2004). INTJ. University Career Center. San Antonio: UTSA.

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