As we mentioned last week, studies have identified four basic personality types. Learning to work with those different personalities is key to your success in your career and your wider organisation. At RedSeed, we have named them the Analytical, the Expressive, the Relator and the Driver.
We’re onto our third of four blog posts sharing tips on how to coach each of these personalities within your workplace. Each person has their strengths and weaknesses and a unique way of communicating.
Often, the Driver and Expressive personalities in a group appear to wing their remarks or shoot from the hip. However, it’s not really shooting from the hip, but instead, it is thinking out loud. These types need to say seven things out loud before arriving at their final answer. By comparison, this week’s featured personality the Analytical, do their thinking in their heads. When an Analytical speaks up, they’ve already gone through the seven possible answers internally, so the answer they share is their final one.
To learn how to coach such an introverted, calculated, logical personality you need to truly understand what makes them tick – what are their strengths and weaknesses? What is their major pain point?
What are their strengths?
The Analytical personality is polite but reserved, logical, fact- and task-oriented. This person’s focus is on precision and perfection.
Other strengths include persistence, diligence, caution, and a systematic approach.
What are their weaknesses?
Weaknesses involve being withdrawn, boring, quiet, reclusive, and even sullen at times. If he or she seems indecisive, it’s because of a need to assess all the data. Perfectionism can be a fault if the Analytical pushes it too far. This person is definitely not a risk-taker.
The Analytical personality needs to be right, and won’t openly discuss ideas until confident in a decision. His or her pleasure is accuracy. Pain is to be wrong and criticised.
How do I coach an Analytical?
- Be systematic, thorough, deliberate, and precise
- Focus on the task
- Be prepared to answer many “how” questions
- Provide analysis and facts
- Don’t get too personal
- Recognize and acknowledge the need to be accurate and logical
- Don’t rush unnecessarily
- Expect to repeat yourself
- Compliment the precision and accuracy of the completed work
If you’d like to learn more about the Analytical personality, you can download our coaching personalities whitepaper for free here.