In this post, I want to begin and introduce you to one of the useful tools that we provide in order to lend insight into your team members and how this effects their performance and the team's effectiveness.
Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion, the characters in The Wizard of Oz. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; the authors of the four gospels in the Bible. The four characters in the hit TV series, Sex and the City; Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.
An historical retrospective leads us back to Plato(c 340 B.C.), Aristotle(c 325 B.C.), Galen(c190 A.D.) and Paracelsus 1550, to name a few, who have all prescribed to the notion that man is born with basically one of four temperaments.
This theory of the four classifications has appeared over and over again in literature, personality theory, the Bible, movies and TV series.
The examples I mention above all are comprised of four characters, and if we delve into their temperaments, we will find a strong correlation to the four temperaments that were identified and labeled by Dr. David Keirsey in his over 40 years of study of human behavior, and published in "Please Understand Me II®".
So, what are these four temperaments? Artisan, Guardian, Idealist and Rationals. In order to better understand the four temperaments, I am going to devote four separate blogs to each one.
Let's begin with the Artisan:
" The word 'Freedom' captures the spirit of the Artisans. Artisans will not be tied or bound by any obligation that might dampen their spontaneity. They are truly the free spirits among us. The "Sensation Seeking" personality. These people are practical-they do whatever they have to, to get what they want, even if it means bending the rules and ignoring regulations. These innovative, aesthetic, uninhibited, impulsive, perceptive, sensation seekers are observable character types. Artisans are the most striking of the four temperaments, and they create much of the beauty and vitality in our lives. Artisans are at their best when they must improvise tactics, or their next move is a free variable on what has come before and must fit seamlessly into the whole. Artisans go for the arts, whether athletic or constructive, or entertaining, or industrial or legal or political or medical or even marital. These people hunger for impact. They want to be in the center of things, and live in the here and now. To feel good about themselves, they have to be venturesome and adaptable." Please Understand Me®Video.
Examples of public figures that are Artisans include: Donald Trump, Madonna, Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George Patton and Tiger Woods.
Do you see a common thread that runs through these individuals?
Think about the people you work with or have in your social circle. Who do you know that you would classify as an Artisan?
Stay tuned for the next blog where we will discuss the Idealist temperament. And begin to ask yourself how knowing more about your temperament and other people's temperaments will facilitate the understanding and cooperation among people in both the work environment, and their personal world.