The warm and caring Advocate and the "win at all costs" Visionary share virtually nothing in common. Conflicting on key values, work style and approach, you won't find these two bonding at the water cooler. On the other hand, the respectful Advocate is unlikely to cause ripples, and the Visionary will be happy to keep things on a friendly basis - unless they come into direct conflict over human resource issues!
If the phrase ‘in it to win it’ were made into a motivational poster, we’re fairly certain it would feature your image. Like David Ogilvy or Don Draper tackling an award-winning ad campaign, You’re creative, project-oriented, assertive and driven. Whether You’re climbing the corporate ladder or Mount Kilimanjaro, you will push yourself to succeed at all costs – even to the brink of exhaustion. don’t forget to take a break once in a while – we don’t want to find you burned out, ten years from now, making macramé at a hippy commune in Tahiti (but if you do, please make us a potholder!)
- Steve Jobs
- Oscar Wilde
- Walt Disney
- Che Guevara
- Oliver Stone
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 an assertive and individualistic being, and you’ll settle for nothing less than the best – both from yourself and the people around you, which may be difficult for others to handle. Your constant need for intellectual stimulation and dislike for routine and mundane tasks may affect your work performance. Because you’re so assertive and driven, you tend to forget to stop and give yourself a break – which may lead to burnout in the long run.
As a Visionary, you detest routine and mundane tasks and will become quite unhappy in any position that doesn’t utilize your natural talents. Because of this, you’ll want to choose a position that offers a lot of variety from day-to-day – in fact, you’ll do best in project-oriented work. You’re best-suited for careers that involve personal growth, creative thinking and artistic expression. You flourish in an environment that’s both challenging and innovative, therefore you’ll want to avoid rigid, structured environments. You’re well-suited for a wide variety ideal jobs, including consultant, entrepreneur, project manager, artist or creative director.
Outspoken and assertive, the Visionary is a highly cerebral intellectual, which may intimidate some personality types. Be prepared to be assertive in giving your input, otherwise you might not get a word in! If you’re naturally submissive in communication style, you may want to make a bulleted list of points you need to make prior to approaching the Visionary – facts only!
DoBe flexible and willing to discuss multiple topics
Don'tBe offended if they tell you to go away and let them get on with their work – they are driven and may tend to hyperfocus!
The Visionary is an assertive and individualistic being, and they’ll settle for nothing less than the best – both from themselves and the people around them. Outspoken and assertive, the Visionary is a cerebral intellectual, making them slightly intimidating for some personality types to approach conflict with. If you find yourself up against the Visionary, you’ll want to use arguments that appeal to their work ethic and imagination – ask them to try to see things from a different perspective and explain how it will increase productivity.
DoAccept that they have a unique way of doing things.
Don'tTry to slow them down or force them to stick to a timetable.
This pair is unlikely to form an especially strong team. Very different in their values and work styles, the gentle Caretaker is at risk of being overridden by the assertive and independent Visionary, who will not want to be held back by the Caretaker's concern for the human equation.
While climbing the corporate ladder, the Visionary strives to make it to the top as quickly as possible, whereas the Dreamer likes to stop and smell all of the pretty flowers along the way. These two will likely respect each other's creativity and ideas, but the Visionary and Dreamer are likely to clash on ethical principles. While mutual respect is possible, warm and fuzzy friendship is unlikely!
This driven duo share a disdain for sleep and a love of life in the fast lane (Ferrari optional). Similar in many ways, differences in leadership style are unlikely to prevent these two from making a trail blazingly good team.
We won't find these too fighting... but that's only because the Humanitarian is just too darn nice to put the boxing gloves on. The Visionary's individualistic and driven attitude will likely rub the empathetic Humanitarian the wrong way. Like oil and water, these two simply won't mesh well together.
It takes a lot for the Idealist to get riled up - and unfortunately, the Visionary is apt to push the Idealist to the brink. While both are excellent 'ideas' people, the Idealist and Visionary will conflict strongly over the values reflected in those ideas, and will fundamentally disagree on the importance of the ethical implications of everything from company policies to animal testing. Brace yourselves - the claws will come out!
The Inventor and Visionary share a love of innovation, creative ideas, and abstract thinking. Somewhat more enterprising and socially confident than the introverted Inventor, the Visionary is the ideal promoter of their shared ideas, while the Inventor has the patience to refine them. An excellent team!
Assertive and independent, the Mastermind and Visionary are both quite driven and motivated by their ambitions. The Visionary's creative problem-solving has the potential to complement the Mastermind's firmly logical approach, making their joint ideas both innovative and practical. These two could make a dream team, bringing very different skills to the table.
Like twins separated at birth, only the most minor of differences separate the Visionary and the Maverick. Both are assertive, independent souls who love new ideas and experiences - the only difference being that the Maverick is slightly more interested in the human equation than the more cerebral Visionary. This duo will make a perfect, creative team, able to generate innovative, quirky solutions to complex problems.
With clashing values, the Protector and Visionary will butt heads on not only key values, but also leadership style. The Protector will dislike the Visionary's "win at all costs" attitude, while the Visionary is likely to roll his/her eyes at the Protector and say "ethics, shmethics!" Both assertive types, we may find these two in the boxing ring!
With virtually nothing in common, the Rock and Visionary's approaches might complement each other in the right setting - if the Visionary is the boss and the Rock the employee. If the Visionary is in a role equivalent to or below he Rock, however, the quiet, diligent Rock may begin to feel as the assertive, driven Visionary is steamrolling them.
This independent and creative duo lives for new challenges and fresh experiences! Although the Visionary might be impatient with the Socialite's lack of intellectual interests, their shared traits will likely make them an extremely good, complementary team. We expect to find these two planning their first skydiving trip in no time!
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!
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.
While the Visionary is in it to win it, the Technician is in it to fix it. Conflicting in every way possible, the Technician and Visionary are unlikely to make a good team. While these two may share a certain energy, the Technician will dislike the Visionary's ethics, and the Visionary won't mesh well with the Technician's style.
These two are extremely driven, energetic and highly creative, so they have the potential to make an extremely dynamic and effective team. That being said, these two are highly competitive and are likely to compete with each other. The competition will hopefully be friendly and productive, but there is the potential for professional jealousy that can result in extreme conflict.