You may remember I went to “The Four Lenses 4-Temperament Discovery”, an “understanding your personality color” workshop.
To recap, I learned my personality color order: blue (characterized by connection, empathy, and care), orange (characterized by variety, fun, and adventure), gold (characterized by order, methods, and leadership), and then green (characterized by analytics, details, and logic). We all display all four colors, but in any respective order. To learn more about personality color, check out Your Personality Color and Where You Shine: Information for Work-Oriented Individuals Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Fully Sighted.
Today I want to speak beyond enhancing self-awareness, but enhancing an “others-awareness”.
It’s not a real term, but I’m more than okay with that; I’m secondarily “orange” after all. It’s important to recognize that your perception, motivation, and desires are not the same as every person you live with and work with.
Pay attention to the desires, strengths, and goals of others in order to identify their personalities and “color lenses”. This will help you understand their preferences for working conditions and relationships, and will help you utilize their skill sets.
You see, if you can identify the lenses your family members and coworkers look through, you can more easily encourage them, motivate them, and understand them. You can also see their strengths, and help them assume roles and responsibilities where they will shine.
For instance, when you’re working with a blue dominant individual (also called a “feeler” or “melancholic”) like myself, know that they value personal connection. Put “blues” in the position to accept and welcome others, help others, motivate others, and to assess the climate of social settings.
If you’re working with an orange dominant individual (also called an “intuitor” or “sanguine”), know that they value independence, physical challenges, and variety. Put “oranges” in the position to compete, add spontaneity, trouble-shoot, utilize their high energy, and to add humor.
If you’re working with a gold dominant individual (also called a “choleric” or “sensor”), know that they value structure and order. Put “golds” in the position to organize, lead, establish routines, and to create goals and objectives.
If you’re working with a green dominant individual (also called “phlegmatic” or a “thinker”), know that they value competence and solitude. Put “greens” in the position to analyze data, challenge procedures, make improvements, research, and to experiment.
You see, the colors are complimentary and the team is more effective when each personality color is on display. Dig deeper in this subject matter to help set your employment team up for success.
If you are blind or visually impaired and looking to learn more leadership skills, read Insight into Extraordinary Leadership and Lessons from J.W. “Bill” Marriott on Leadership: Developing and Listening to People. If you are an instructor working with consumers who are blind or visually impaired, utilize the Leadership Training lesson series.