Keep these two at opposite ends of the classroom! The Straight Shooter and the Advocate are natural philosophical enemies. With somewhat similar thinking styles, they're both equally firm in their opposing opinions. While the more sensitive Advocate is unlikely to start a fight, s/he might finish it.
Kind of like Donald Trump minus the bad comb-over, you’re authoritative, goal-oriented, confident, strong-minded and let’s be frank, not particularly compassionate. You’re extremely methodical, logical and have a low tolerance for abstract thinking and emotional individuals. In fact, you may have been compared to a robot once or twice in your lifetime. However, underneath that stoic exterior lies a conscientious, dedicated soul that takes commitment (and PTA meetings) very seriously. Hey R2-D2 – there anything you can’t succeed in?!
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Like every personality type, your archetype has some weaknesses, but being aware of these weaknesses and learning to overcome them can help you further your career – and even your personal life! For this reason, we’ve compiled career tips for your unique personality type. While these unique traits are what make you who you are (and we’d never suggest changing your unique personality type!) you should be aware of these traits to ensure that they aren’t holding you back in your career. As a Straight Shooter, you have a crazy strong work ethic and will do whatever it takes to get the job done – however, there is potential for burnout which may ultimately affect your work performance negatively. You hold values, traditions and what you consider “the norm” so highly that you may have a tendency to be a bit rigid and criticize others who do not have the same beliefs. Additionally, you have a low tolerance for emotion or what you perceive to be “silly” behavior, which may cause others to perceive you to be a bit of a curmudgeon.
As your name implies, you’re a natural straight-shooter – you prefer direct solutions to problems rather than creative and potentially complex solutions. Because you put more faith in logic rather than notions or ideas, you’d likely want to avoid any ultra-creative work environments. In fact, you do your best work in a highly-organized and well-managed environment. You have a strong set of beliefs and will staunchly defend these beliefs. In the workplace, you work hard to build a reputation as a loyal, hard-working member of the team. Ideal jobs for your personality type include lawyer, criminal justice, military or police officer.
Strong-willed, decisive and authoritative, the Straight Shooter can be best described as stoic. This is a personality type that dislikes emotion and appreciates communication that is direct, logical and practical – and they have no interest in engaging in meaningless chit-chat that isn’t related to work or likely to produce results. When approaching this personality type, be prepared to be assertive and stand up for yourself if necessary.
DoBe polite and respectful, not too informal.
Don’tWaste their time with abstract or irrelevant subjects – instead, focus on direct, practical conversation.
The Straight Shooter is notorious for being strong-willed, decisive and authoritative. Ever-logical with a strong dislike for emotional behavior, approaching conflict with this personality type can be downright intimidating for some. If you find yourself butting heads with the Straight Shooter, you’ll want to take a step back and think through your argument before proceeding, as you’ll gain his/her respect by using logical, rational arguments.
DoBe assertive and firm – don’t be afraid to stand up to them and hold your own!
Don’tBe over-emotional – they won’t be sympathetic.
The gentle Caretaker and the strong-willed Straight Shooter are not a good match. The Caretaker will likely perceive the Straight Shooter as much too calculating and competitive, whereas the Straight Shooter will have little patience for the Caretaker's emotions. While these two are too composed to engage in a full-on fight, this is not a good combination!
Opposites don't always attract, and the Dreamer and Straight Shooter are proof! Utterly opposed on almost everything from work style to pizza toppings, the Straight Shooter and Dreamer have only one thing in common: a surprisingly similar level of social confidence. These two are unlikely to play well together.
Although these two are ridiculously goal-oriented, they're different in many ways - for example, the Go-Getter is particularly put off by the Straight Shooter's rather autocratic approach to leadership. In turn, the Straight Shooter will be unimpressed by what they consider flighty unpredictability. Rough waters ahead!
The empathetic Humanitarian will likely find the Straight Shooter's stoic, strong-minded attitude as abrasive as sandpaper. On the flip side, the Straight Shooter has no patience for emotional individuals and will likely find the Humanitarian too soft-hearted. This duo is not a match made in Heaven.
Brace yourself for fireworks (and not the pretty, sparkly kind!) The Straight Shooter has no patience for feelings and will likely scorn the Idealist's intellectual creativity and emotional sensitivity. On the flip side, the Idealist will find the Straight Shooter excessively logical and ruthless. Two words: oil and water.
If the Straight Shooter is willing to harness the Inventor's creativity instead of dismissing it, these two have the potential to take over the world (and by world, we mean the board room). Though their thought process is different, these two share some key values and approaches, potentially making them a good team.
A pair of goal-driven natural born leaders, the Straight Shooter and Mastermind are very similar in core values, social and thinking styles, although the Mastermind may be a little more enterprising. As both personalities enjoy being in charge, this could lead to conflict and jealousy despite their similarities. However, give these two a common goal (or common enemy!) and these they'll rise to the top together.
This headstrong duo is apt to butt heads thanks to their shared assertive independence. The Maverick will likely find the Straight Shooter too conservative, whereas the Straight Shooter will likely perceive the Maverick as flighty and unreliable. An association between these two is likely to involve little mutual trust and potential fireworks. BOOM!
Oh my, how sparks will fly. The Protector is likely to perceive the Straight Shooter as robotic, cold and inflexible. On the flip side, the Straight Shooter will have no patience for the Protector's soft-hearted ways. As polar opposites, these two will conflict from day one.
This stoic duo shares a love of practicality, hard work and good old-fashioned efficiency. The Rock and the Straight Shooter differ hugely on independence, the Rock being more follower than leader. This is likely to make them a complementary and effective dream team!
Comparing the Socialite with the Straight Shooter is like comparing apples and oranges. Aside from their shared love of independence, these two are polar opposites. The logical, stoic and dedicated Straight Shooter is likely to find the Socialite too flighty for comfort, and the Socialite will likely find the Straight Shooter's ways a bit too robotic.
These two are authoritative and have a strong need for personal control, which puts them at risk of clashing as each tries to dominate the other. These two will get along best if they are both in leadership positions on separate projects and will be highly effective in motivating others.
This goal-oriented duo loves clear thinking, strategy and good old-fashioned logic. These similarities mean that the Strategist and Straight Shooter will mesh well when it comes to approach. However, the ever-practical Straight Shooter may not always see value in the Strategist's open-minded approach to problem-solving. If the Strategist can hold his/her own, this two will get along fine.
These two are both practical, methodical and hardworking. That being said, the Technician is a whiz at generating innovative solutions, which might frustrate the Straight Shooter, who dislikes abstract thinking. On the flip side, the Straight Shooter's lack of empathy might rub the Technician the wrong way. Nonetheless, these two are very committed and will likely put aside their differences to get the job done.
Face it: putting two Alpha personalities together is never a good idea! The Straight Shooter and the Visionary are both driven and strong-willed and are likely to conflict over who gets to be in charge. With very different approaches to problem solving, this pairing will cause chaos unless carefully mediated!