Posted by Jan den Breejen (220.127.116.11) on July 12, 2003 at 10:10:26:
May I suggest either Mercurial Style or Dramatic Style makes the best fit here?
MBTI - ENFP
Enneatypes - E7
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Keywords for this personality are friendliness, enthusiasm and self-confidence. This is a person who is not afraid of drawing attention to herself; indeed, she positively enjoys the attention and praise of other people.
Sociable and friendly, this person handles interpersonal communication well. She is generally self-confident and outgoing, being enthusiastic towards new ideas and ready to try new experiences. She is concerned with being thought well of by other people and thus tends to present herself well, both verbally and in appearance.
The underlying personality style describes an individual lacking in organisational ability, efficiency and decisiveness, being more concerned with effect and appearance than actual operation. Structure and precision have little meaning to a personality of this type, and she will not work well in environments where she needs to concentrate on detailed tasks.
The primary drive for this person is to actively seek the attention and, specifically, approval of other people. This underlying attitude leads to an outgoing, friendly appearance, but it is important to be aware of the corresponding insecurity which exists in this personality, and which will manifest itself in situations of rejection or disapproval.
Motivation for this person is a matter of feeling that she is appreciated and liked by her work colleagues and management. It is important, therefore, to take time to boost this person's self-image by praising her achievements and avoiding unnecessary criticism, if she is to work with maximum motivational impetus. Because of this need for approval, which is far from obvious in her usual style, her productivity can drop surprisingly if she is subjected to disapproval, especially by individuals whose opinion she respects.
Difficulties are likely to arise if she is placed in a position where she needs to work efficiently in an organised manner, or in which she must work isolated from others (in either physical or organisational terms).
A training environment for this individual must be informal in approach and provide opportunities for her to contribute to the session. A structured, formal training scenario will leave her uninterested and bored, and will therefore have little positive effect.
Ideally, this person will want to learn in an environment on which she can make maximum impact; role-playing is a good example of this. If such an approach is impractical to the subject, a similar effect can be achieved by ensuring that trainee comment is encouraged and that those on the course feel able to ask questions whenever necessary.
Precision and concentration are areas in which this individual has difficulty. In terms of a solution, priority-based training for a more structured, organised approach will be of value.
On a more fundamental level, this person will benefit greatly from learning to place less importance on how others view her, and more emphasis on what she wants for herself out of life. Therefore, despite her high level of social assertiveness, she needs to be trained in terms of personal assertiveness, in order to raise her ability to work independently and to reach decisions without reference to other people.
The somewhat enthusiastic and assertive approach which this type will adopt in a negotiation will disguise her naturally insecure personality. An understanding of this need for approval and liking can be used to advantage when discussing a new proposal, in ways which are described below.
It is important to build a rapport with this individual in the negotiation. In this way, she will develop a degree of dependence on the approval of the person with whom she is negotiating, which will be of great advantage in getting her to accept a proposal. Features of the proposal which will help her to draw recognition or praise, whether directly or indirectly, from colleagues or management, will be well received, as will testimonials from others who have put the proposal into practice, where applicable.
This is a person who needs respect and attention from those around her in order to successfully integrate into a new culture. She likes to be perceived as important, and to this end will try to settle herself into a place in the organisation where this is the case; she likes to have an important-sounding title, for example.
Despite this need for perceived responsibility, it is important to be aware of the underlying personal insecurity which is present in this type of personality. If she is to feel comfortable and motivated in a new culture, it is important that she receives tangible confirmation of the approval and liking which she needs from others, for example in the form of praise.
An enthusiastic and extrovert member of a team, this person will participate to a high degree in group activities. This is an individual who is not naturally reticent about putting forward ideas or statements, although this forwardness will display itself in an attacking form if she finds her input regularly disagreed with or ignored.
The most suitable role within the team for this person is one of ideas generation. She will also tend to assume responsibility for maintaining a team's informality, by making jokes and attempting to create a light-hearted atmosphere; this may be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on the make-up and organisation of the team.
This person is currently under only a negligible amount of stress, and this factor combined with their above-average ability to deal with stress-inducing circumstances suggests that they will probably retain this stability over a considerable period of time.
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