What’s your

Are you a dreamer or a doer, learner or a leader? What­ever your work­ing

Friday - - Society -

We all have dif­fer­ent styles of work­ing. Some peo­ple are born lead­ers and love head­ing a team, com­ing up with ideas for new projects and keep­ing ev­ery­one in­spired un­til the big launch or pre­sen­ta­tion, while oth­ers are ex­cel­lent at nur­tur­ing re­la­tion­ships, mak­ing sure ev­ery­one in the of­fice is happy and per­suad­ing peo­ple to buy prod­ucts.

Ex­perts say there are five types of work­ing per­son­al­i­ties – the Doer, the Lover, the Leader, the Dreamer and the Learner – all op­er­at­ing dif­fer­ently, and each with their strengths and weak­nesses. Some fo­cus on de­tail and mak­ing lists, while oth­ers spe­cialise in the most ob­scure things or the­o­ries that many of us didn’t even know ex­isted.

“Though we do have the five types, we’re of­ten a mix of two or three of them, and some of them work re­ally well to­gether,” ex­plains in­ter­na­tional ca­reer coach John Lees, author of “For ex­am­ple, some­one who is

Just the Job!. both a Leader and a Dreamer can be a huge suc­cess be­cause they are ul­tra-vi­sion­ary and fo­cused. How­ever, a Doer is rarely a Dreamer be­cause the Doer is too de­tail fo­cused to think out­side the box.

“Some­times, when we get known for be­ing a par­tic­u­lar type of worker, it can work both for us and against us. We can be­come a spe­cial­ist or it can limit us be­cause our em­ploy­ers think our tal­ents lie in just one area.

“La­belling can hap­pen in other ways, too. If we’re in a meet­ing and we fix a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, we get known in the or­gan­i­sa­tion as the guy who’s good at fix­ing lap­tops. Peo­ple get in­vited to join com­mit­tees be­cause they once ex­pressed an opin­ion and they then be­come re­garded as an ex­pert.”

Here John de­scribes the five types of worker and gives his tips for our weaker ar­eas to en­sure that we fly as high as we can from nine to five, what­ever job we’re in, whether it’s medicine or mar­ket­ing, fi­nance or fash­ion.

Johnh Lees, au­thorh off Just the Job! can help you if you’re stuck in a work­pla­cep rut

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