Here is a fun and easy way to learn about the four main personality-styles of individuals…What do you think your main style is?
‘I never worry about action, but only inaction.’ Winston Churchill
The RED-style is the most aggressive and assertive of the four styles. RED-styles tend to be quite competitive and results-oriented. As a result, you may identify RED-styles as being quite aggressive, blunt and even rude. Under pressure they can appear to have a lack of concern for others. They do not want to lose control. RED-styles want to be in charge and have the power.
RED-styles prefer to move fast, take risks and get things done now. They like change and challenges. RED-styles may also often want to create change.
RED-styles can also be impatient and overbearing. They are often not very good listeners and are prone to make snap decisions.
‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’ Dr. Seuss
YELLOW-styles are outgoing, social, and talkative, and like to be the centre of attention. They like to interact with others and meet new people. They do not like to focus on details, or spend a lot of time by themselves. Others tend to perceive YELLOW-styles as very friendly, enthusiastic and animated.
YELLOW-styles are the influencing and interactive individuals who shake up their environment by bringing others into alliance with one another. They know what they want, align everyone together to get it done, and want everyone to like them as they move forward. Social acceptance is very important for YELLOW-styles – they like to be liked.
YELLOW-styles are talkative, sociable, optimistic and lively. They are people-oriented, spontaneous, energetic and enthusiastic. YELLOW-styles tend to be positive and good at influencing others.
YELLOW-styles can also be inattentive to details, overly talkative and emotional. They may over-promise because they are so optimistic and eager to be popular. Others may perceive YELLOW-styles as somewhat careless, impulsive and lacking follow-up.
‘Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.’ Calvin Coolidge
GREEN-styles are reliable and stable with an emphasis on co-operating with whoever is in charge to carry out the tasks. They say: ‘Tell me what, when and how you want it done and I’ll be glad to do it.’ If you do not give me enough details, I won’t get started because you might blame me if it gets done wrong.’
Since GREEN-styles prefer stability and security, they tend to resist change and need support with it. They want to know how the change will affect their lives. GREEN-styles are also prone to be hesitant in their actions and decision making. This is primarily caused by their desire to consider others and for everyone to get along.
‘I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.’ Albert Einstein
BLUE-styles are the most analytical of the four behavioural styles. BLUE-styles can be very detail oriented, focusing on facts, information and proofs. They are comfortable working alone and are the most reserved of the four styles. BLUE-styles are logical and methodical in their approach.
BLUE-styles are cautious and compliant to their own high standards. Their emphasis is to work with the existing circumstances to ensure the quality of the product or service. BLUE-styles make sure that everything works the way it should.
BLUE-styles are sometimes too critical of others. They expect everyone to follow their standards. Their attention to detail and correctness can be perceived as pedantic by others. BLUE-styles’ desire to do things correctly can also slow down their decision making. They can over analyse issues and need a lot of information.
What ‘colour’ personality-style do you think you are?
Don’t worry if you’re not sure…In reality, we each have all of these behavioural styles in us to varying degrees. One happens to be our most comfortable style, another least comfortable, with the other two falling somewhere in between.