If you are working you bound to have others working alongside you or working under you. It would not take too long for you to find out that there are many different types of personalities as there are of different species of fishes in the sea.
I will try to name the different types of personalities that make life so interesting and at times so frustrating.
You must have come across people who seem naive. They appear not to have any idea what are expected of them and they also have no idea what to expect. They seem to be clueless most of the time. These people can coast along if the environment is friendly. But if the environment becomes more hostile, they may find themselves forced out.
There are people who possess some direction and purpose but they are too shy to disclose them. They keep these bottled-up inside themselves and are not assertive. They are too timid even to be seem as assertive. They are not the trouble makers but may be the frustrated ones in the organization.
Then you may also come across those who usually accept what are dished out to them. They seldom give voice to their opinions, they would be happy just to be left alone to do their things. They are the fence-sitters in the company.
Another group you would meet are people who will fight for anything, at the drop of a hat. They are only too willingly to take up any cause, whether the causes involve them or not. They usually like attention and if there are union in the organisation, they would most likely be the union activists.
Beware of who come next. These are the dangerous ones, they scheme and plot the whole time. Some are the silent type while some are talkative. The sole purpose of their clandestine activities are for their own personal gains and self advancement. They too are the ones who play up to the bosses, but they usually do that behind the backs of their colleagues.
The next group of people play up to the bosses on every occasion and right in front of everybody. They are not shy about it even though the ways they do it usually lacks finesse. Everyone can see through them, but that does not deter them from acting so.
You are bound to have trouble-makers in your work place. They are the vicious ones. These people seem to have nothing on their minds except the desires to make troubles for others. They are loose with their mouths, they gossip and worst of all they create stories. After their ‘true colors’ are revealed they are avoided and in some cases ostracized but they usually do not change.
Equally malicious are the ‘poisonous snakes’. These are the worst kind, the category above has the bad habit but these people have the ‘bad hearts.’ They are more like the combination of ’the schemers’ and ‘the trouble-makers’. If you have one in your organization, then have mercy on those other people who happen to step on their toes or who are in their way to the top. They can be merciless and they usually ‘borrow’ others’ knives to do the stabbings.
You cannot miss the the show-offs, our next personality group. These are the most irritating kind, they like to be number one in everything and on every occasion. Their incessant trumpeting drives you crazy. But they don’t pipe down or slow down, their restraints vaporize the minute the next subject comes up.
You can be certain you will have some attention-hoarders in your group. These are the attention-grabbers. They have the skill to turn and twist everything to their advantage. They just want all the credits for themselves, they don’t care two hoots about the facts. Too bad you are there, too bad you are irritated, too bad you are annoyed. They place no restraints or constraints to satisfy their egos.
Of course with the unpleasant comes the pleasant. I list them all now with a happy heart.
There bound to be those who are very caring around you. Those in this group concern themselves with the well-being and welfare of their colleagues. They extend themselves in areas where their colleagues are facing difficulties and problems. Giving a helping hand in completing work or providing words of comfort when they are required is their forte.
It is a pleasure to have respectful and obliging youngsters working alongside or with you. People in this group are a boss’ dream, they are not only obliging but also respectful. They come in with a very clear set of values which include gratefulness. They treat their seniors with total respect because to them they are learning from the seniors. They are obliging in attitude and are always respectful even in the most difficult and demanding situations.
You will also meet colleagues who are generous and altruistic in nature. They are part and parcel of the personality make-up of the working environment. This group of people are selfless, free of ego, and are free of fear of others overtaking them. They are always prepared to impart what they know to others. They have the good of the team and organisation at heart. They are altruistic in all areas – in time, energy and even in money. A boss is truly blessed to have such people working under him.
The Chinese has a saying which roughly translated goes something like – ‘ One species of rice feeds hundreds kinds of men’. This list surely gives much credence to the saying. Which group do you belong to? Which group do you aspire to be in?
May we always be mindfulness in what we do and may we always make the better choice.
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