Polar opposites, the Advocate is all about people, whereas the Strategist is all about ideas. Chalk and cheese, these two may conflict - however, both are fairly laid-back and open-minded and should be able to work together if they make an effort to see the other's point of view!
As someone who thrives on long-term planning and practicality, we’re betting that you probably had a solid retirement plan in place by age 7. You’re a natural leader thanks to your intelligence, strong work ethic and high standards. As a logical individual who relies on facts as opposed to instinct and values clarity, you may strike others as aloof and reserved. Although we may never find you singing ‘Express Yourself’ on stage at a karaoke bar, it doesn’t mean You’re completely emotionless – you just don’t feel the need to put your feelings on display. To you, life is a game and you try to see how the different pieces move, just don’t ask us to play a game of Monopoly with you- we don’t like to lose.
- Bill Gates
- Kristen Stewart
- Jay Z
- James Cameron
- Arianna Huffington
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. Ever-ambitious, you have a tendency to try to do too much at once, which means that at times, you may be chaotic in your task-completion while juggling many projects at once. As a perfectionist, you may become frustrated with mistakes, and may distress other people around you. You are apt to jump to conclusions very quickly and can be a bit stubborn, which can some cause others frustration.
As a Strategist, you work best in an environment where your can work to your full potential with little holding you back. You dislike office politics and workplace conflict – while you’re able to keep your cool, you see it as a distraction to productivity. With your rational and affinity for planning, your ideal jobs are those such as system engineer, IT architect or project manager.
The Strategist is a logical individual who prefers facts and clarity to emotions or instinct. The Strategist is quite focused on the “big picture” – however, the best way to approach them is to be friendly and engaging. When chatting with a Strategist, it’s a good idea to share bullet-point information and ideas with them as opposed to editorializing.
DoBe flexible and willing to discuss multiple topics.
Don’tGo into great detail or babble on – they’ll become impatient.
The Strategist approaches life like a game of chess and have high standards for themselves as well as everyone they work with. This is a logical individual who relies on facts as opposed to instinct and values clarity, and looks at everything from the bigger picture. When attempting to sway a Strategist, you’ll want to appeal to their work ethic –example: ‘if we try it this way we could improve productivity’.
DoAppeal to their imagination – ask them to try to see things from a different perspective (i.e. yours).
Don’tSlow them down or try to force them into working to your timetable.
The Strategist will see the Caretaker as somewhat plodding and woolly, while the Caretaker will feel that the Strategist is a cold, intellectual robot who fails to take the human consequences of their ideas into account. While these two won't necessarily enjoy each other's company, the Caretaker's supportive nature and the Strategist's open-mindedness make serious conflict unlikely.
Dreamer versus Strategist - need we say more? Where the Dreamer appreciates imagination and feelings, the Strategist favors calculated logic and stability. Although similar in their independent nature, the Dreamer and Strategist are a mismatched pair, likely to rub each other the wrong way.
Dynamic versus methodic - where the Go-Getter attacks life at high velocity, the Strategist approaches life like a well thought-out game of chess. Less of a people-person than the Go-Getter, the Strategist is likely to be impatient with the Go-Getter's need to be socially responsible, though s/he may envy their ability for rapid-fire problem-solving.
Like the Tortoise and the Hare, the Humanitarian and Strategist approach life quite differently. The independent, energetic and goal-oriented Strategist may feel impatient with the Humanitarian's steady pace. On the flip side, the Humanitarian will likely disapprove of the Strategist's aloof attitude and, well, strategic take on life. Despite their shared emotional stability, this is not a good mix!
On the surface, the warm-hearted Idealist and the logical, independent Strategist appear to be quite different. Although the Strategist is less empathetic than the Idealist, these two both enjoy looking at the bigger picture and will understand each other well. While these two aren't likely to socialize outside of work, they'll get along just fine in the workplace.
No doubt, these two were made for each other (awww!) Sharing a balance of scientific curiosity and imagination, the Strategist and Inventor are on the same wavelength in almost every way. When it comes to generating ideas and solving problems creatively, these two will be unstoppable.
This driven duo both possess a shared stability and similar core values and goals (duh, WINNING!) Despite these similarities, the Mastermind and Strategist both tackle problem-solving quite differently. If the practical, focused Mastermind is willing to loosen the reins and let the Strategist tackle idea-generation, this pair will get along just fine.
Sometimes opposites really do attract! Where the Strategist thrives on planning, the Maverick lives for variety - but despite their differences, these two should have no problem being good friends both at work and outside it thanks to their shared curiosity! These two will respect each other's differences and will work together in a complementary way without much conflict.
With a "cool as a cucumber" approach to life, the intellectual Strategist may perceive the Protector as something of a fluffy bunny for worrying so much about all those pesky feelings. Emotional differences aside, these two are highly similar in attitude, values and thinking style and will likely work well together without too much conflict. With complementary approaches, these two can potentially make a dynamic duo.
The Rock and Strategist differ in many ways, with the Strategist being dynamic and calculating where the Rock is introverted and supportive. Nonetheless, these two are both highly stable and laid-back. In addition, both have a crazy strong work ethic and appreciate good old-fashioned common sense, so it's not all Bad News Bears.
The "cool as a cucumber" Strategist could potentially work well in combination with the Socialite's creativity and social skills. That being said, these two have different values and thinking styles, and with such vast emotional differences, they're apt to rub each other the wrong way from time to time.
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.
If you need an "ideas" team, put these two together! Not only is this pair creative and driven, they're also quite flexible, meaning that they're unlikely to clash over different approaches and will be willing to listen to each other. The only downside is that these two may need a more grounded archetype in the mix to actually bring their ideas to implementation.
While the Technician is meticulously trying to solve problems on a case-by-case basis, the Strategist is looking at the bigger picture and playing life like a game of chess. Even though these two both share a strong work ethic and ultra-stable personalities, they're likely to butt heads due to their varying approaches.
The Strategist and Visionary are a regular pair of brain-twins, sharing a love of ideas and creative problem-solving. These two will complement each other well, with the Strategist helping to rein in the Visionary's tendency to push an idea forward too quickly, and the Visionary inspiring and energizing the Strategist.