If you've been abused before, you may be waiting for the other shoe to drop when dealing with a new boss. But difficult does not mean abusive. Understanding your personality type and others' personality types may help you better appreciate others' strengths and understand how to work with their weaknesses.
Here's a quick guide to the four personality types to help you better get along with difficult people. (Most people have a primary type and a secondary type, and opposite corners have the most difficulty in getting along because they operate the most differently.)
GET IT DONE
Task-oriented and aggressive
Get It Dones are results-focused. They have aggressive, competitive natures and are independent.
How to deal with a Get It Done:
People-oriented and aggressive
Get Appreciateds are socializing-focused. They prefer to interact with others rather than work alone. They have a fast-paced communication style and generally work well with others.
How to deal with a Get Appreciated:
People-oriented and passive
Get Alongs are relationship-focused. They readily express thoughts and feelings but are generally slower paced and security conscious. They prefer less intrusive interactions.
How to deal with a Get Along:
GET IT RIGHT
Task-oriented and passive
Get It Rights are data-focused. They have closed, personal style and an analytical approach. They take time to feel comfortable with others and reveal personal information.
How to deal with a Get It Right:
There are various models for this concept: DISC, color personalities, and several others including these categories: Directors, Influencers, Relaters, and Thinkers or Drivers, Expressives, Amiables, and Analyticals. Google any of these concepts for more ideas on how to work with each personality type.
Sources: Timur Tiryaki Success Academy and Understanding Communication Styles in the Workplace
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