Technically Competent Team Player – Team Coach
Overall, I agree with my grand type as being “Technically Competent Team Player – Team Coach”. There are some traits listed that I do not possess, but many that I do. I also learned some new information about myself.
I found the section on results oriented behaviour to be very accurate, in particular: “You tend to be able to set goals for yourself and accomplish them. It is very likely that you will work hard to complete what you set out to do.” I do possess this trait of being motivated by the prospect of achieving results. I regularly set goals, often in written form, and take pride in striking the jobs off as they are completed. I find this to be the fastest way of getting through a list of tasks, especially when they are numerous and, therefore, some are likely to be forgotten.
One element that I consider as inaccurate is the suggestion that I am “more hesitant to promote yourself to impress your leadership in the organization so they will be more aware of your talents, and be more prone to consider you for promotion.” Although it is true that I am not especially target-driven, I do strive for recognition of my talents and skills. I am keen to display my leadership skills. However, I do not like to be seen as aggressive or unapproachable, and therefore I tend to adopt more gentle leadership skills. I am a people-person and while I like leading groups of people, I am aware that in any group there is a mixture of personalities. With this in mind, I find a quiet approach to be most effective, particularly when working with people for the first time. Nevertheless, the summary has made me reconsider my traits in this area. It is possible that other people perceive me as someone who is reluctant to demonstrate my skills, in which case I need to work on changing that. I am ambitious and wish to progress in my career. Therefore, it is vital that employers view me as someone who is destined to rise.
Additionally from the results oriented behaviour section, I was able to acknowledge the fact that I have limited patience with people who aren’t as keen as me to achieve results. This was interesting as, previously, I hadn’t considered impatience to be one of my ‘traits’. However, on reading this section and the way in which impatience is linked to frustration concerning people who think differently to me, it made a great deal of sense. In both my personal and professional life, I frequently get frustrated with people who aren’t enthusiastic and driven to get jobs done. In the past I have view it as laziness, but now I can see that most of the people with whom I get impatient simply have a different way of thinking than I do. Therefore, I have decided to think and act with more patience towards others, even if it seems that they are hindering me in certain ways.
“Technically Competent Team Player – Team Coach” is an appropriate grand type for me. For me, some of the listed traits raised questions about my general conduct and about ways in which I can improve. Self-improvement is a positive desire within me, and this exercise has helped me immensely.