Presidential Candidates – More in common than you think!

Who do the two personality types below sound like to you?

The first one:

Is the most fast-paced of the styles. They are quick to act. They are often the most charming of this style, probably because it’s easier for them to display more enthusiasm. It can be a challenge to keep the focused attention of a person with this style. They are easily bored. They love ACTION! This style frequently needs help to not act in a way other styles will consider overly aggressive. They can come across as egotistic, manipulative or overpowering when they are stressed of just trying really hard to get people to take action.

They are inspirational, pioneering. They can be bold, passionate leaders who inspire others to take chances on new directions. They might be impulsive, overconfident leaders who use their charm to gain support for wild ideas.

The second one:

Is even more strongly focused on the CHALLENGE. Challenges energize them. They love to explore options and give them all a good evaluation. This style can drive you crazy with questions. In fact, they can be overly blunt or sarcastic. While they probably don’t mean to, they can even be condescending and make harsh judgements. If you want to support them, you might help them understand the feelings of others. They can struggle with group activities or tasks that seem routine. They have to be reminded that there’s a fascinating challenge involved in working with others. Routine tasks can give them a break from having to find the most advantageous strategies and allow their brains to flex creativity. They are creative and resolute leaders. They can be questioning, independent leaders who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo to get better results. They can also be cynical, insensitive leaders who seem intent on putting a negative spin on everything.

What do both of these leadership styles have in common?

  • These styles tend to be direct and decisive, sometimes described as dominant. They would prefer to lead than follow, and tend towards leadership and management positions. They tend to have high self-confidence and are risk takers and problem solvers, which enables others to look to them for decisions and direction. They tend to be self-starters.
  • They think about big picture goals and tangible results. They are bottom-line organizers that can lead an entire group in one direction. They place great value on time frames and seeing results. They may challenge the status quo and think in a very innovative way.
  • They tend to overstep authority, as they prefer to be in charge themselves. At times they can be argumentative and not listen to the reasoning of others. They tend to dislike repetition and routine and may ignore the details and minutia of a situation, even if it’s important. They may attempt too much at one time, hoping to see quick results.
  • This Personality Type craves to be in control of the situation, and therefore fears the idea of being taken advantage of by others.
  • They are highly motivated by new challenges, setting and achieving goals, and seeing tangible results. They appreciate receiving verbal recognition from others as well as rewards. They enjoy power and authority to take risks and make decisions. Freedom from routine and mundane tasks is important. Since repetition is frustrating for them, changing environments in which to work and play can be highly motivating
  • They like to focus on the future and the big picture, and like non-routine challenging tasks and activities. They are motivated by projects that produce physical, trackable or tangible results. They enjoy being in charge or having the freedom to make decisions for themselves and may crave freedom from controls, supervision, and details.

My friend, above you just read about the two candidates we have running for President of the United States. In addition you read about me and 75% of all operations professionals in the Construction Industry as we are an industry loaded with “D” personality types.

Why am I writing about this? Because both candidates share more in common than you think and you will tend to bond with the one that makes you feel the best, but Presidential elections are based on fact and issues and who will fight for the causes that are at stake for our country.

Most top psychologists and I agree that feelings matter, and feelings should be acknowledged, or, if not, they can cause a whole myriad of issues, with the most prominent being avoidance and addictive behaviors. So please make sure to acknowledge your feelings, study the facts and please vote on November 8, 2016.

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