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Why understanding my Personality Type is important at work

Last Updated: 23.03.22

by Alan

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Gaining self-understanding (and acceptance) is an important milestone on the road to professional success. Unfortunately, not many take it. But for those who do, the insights gained can be highly beneficial, because they help you to pinpoint your areas of strength, and better understand how you may act or react in particular work situations. You’ll also gain a better understanding of your weak areas and unhelpful habits, which is the first step to advancing beyond them. Cumulatively, your new self-awareness, understanding and acceptance can help you to accomplish what you want at work, regardless of whether you’re a rocket scientist or a hygiene technician.

One of the benefits of gaining increased self-awareness is that it opens your mind to new opportunities. Clinging to ideas about who you are can keep you from trying new things. For example, an extrovert might reject things that are typically billed as solitary or quiet activities. This can lead to missing out on experiences that you might learn from or truly enjoy. Introverts can explore ways to connect with colleagues by asserting themselves, speaking up more and engaging more with their colleagues.

Better understand other people

And there’s more. Understanding your personality type brings with it new insights to the language you use to communicate ideas, the different things that energise you, how you make decisions and how you take in information. This growing self-awareness also brings with it an inevitable nurturing of your ‘others-awareness’, or what recruiters call ‘Emotional Intelligence’, or EQ. And EQ, dear reader is the magic elixir that will help you to succeed at work, build strong relationships and achieve your career and personal goals.  That’s why employers and colleges measure it!

So how do you open the door to objective self-awareness? Where is the key that lets you see existing strengths that can be used even better and aspects of yourself that could be improved? There’s no better place to start than with PeopleHawk free Personality Test. It will only take about 10 minutes. The test measures your Big 5 personality factors (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness and Emotional Stability) as well as Emotional Intelligence. Once you’ve completed the test, you can download your very own Personality Guide detailing the traits that make you who you are.

Into action

Understanding your own type of personality will give you a better insight to your own decision-making processes – and understanding those of your managers and colleagues will also help you to appreciate how they work to make their own decisions. It will also help you to communicate more effectively and diffuse conflict before it arises. In short, you’ll come to appreciate and apply your strengths and recognise your weaknesses, as well as those of the people around you

Your next step

If you’re new to PeopleHawk, then click through and take the Personality Test now. It could be the most important 10 minutes you’ll ever invest in your career. And if you’ve already done the Test, then make sure to download your Personality Guide. Its six pages of clearly laid-out insights will open your mind to what who you are and what you could become. Knowing your strengths, you’ll be able to play to them and use them to advance your career and your wider life.

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