Josephine O. Edwards
Guest Writer

Whether you are working for someone, own a business or launching a startup, your personality plays a role in your career. It is what determines how you will interact with co-workers, clients and supervisors. And now, studies have revealed that your personality may determine your earnings and your level of work satisfaction.

How can your career be influenced by your personality type? What role does your personality type play in your determining your income?

Let’s find out.

Personality types.

There are sixteen classifications for personality types. But all personality types are a combination of some specific traits. These traits are

  • Extrovert (E) or Introvert (I): these two traits describe how your energy is expended.
  • Thinker (T) or Feeler (F): these traits convey how you arrive at your decisions
  • Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N): these traits describe the way you deal with the received information
  • Judger (J) or Perceiver (P): these traits convey your perception of the world around you.

With the combination of these traits, your personality type can be classified into any of the following;

  1. INTJ
  2. INTP
  3. ENTJ
  4. ENTP
  5. INFJ
  6. INFP
  7. ENFJ
  8. ENFP
  9. ISTJ
  10. ISFJ
  11. ESTJ
  12. ESFJ
  13. ISTP
  14. ISFP
  15. ESTP
  16. ESFP

These 16 personality types can be used to describe almost everyone. Consequently, it stands to reason that some people are more suited for some roles than others.

For instance, if you are introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging (INTJ), you might find yourself to be more suited for more technical jobs. Maybe a career in the engineering or accounting fields, or perhaps a job as a screenwriter.  

On the other hand, if you are extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging, then perhaps a leadership position might be more suitable for you. Most people with these traits often find themselves most comfortable when they are rallying others to work together.

So what difference does your personality type make?

It makes all the difference. For instance, you might find yourself trying to launch a startup; something pretty standard nowadays. But it is possible that you are more comfortable and more satisfied, taking orders from someone else.

While at first glance, you might baulk at the idea, but a careful self-examination will reveal the truth.

Oftentimes, most workers butt heads with their colleagues or bosses simply because their personalities are clashing. If you are more comfortable taking the lead, it only stands to reason that you might not want to work under someone else.

Instead, you want to call the shots and give orders. This is fine too. You just have to find a way to make things work or get out of that line of business or industry.

If you are running a startup, (or planning to run one) it might be a good idea to check yourself. Find out what your personality type is. Doing this will help you guide some of the decisions that will be very important to the growth of your business.

While your personality type might claim you are best for some jobs, you should know that there are no absolutes. Several other circumstances specific to you may make your line of work an excellent choice for you. So keep this in mind going forward.