28. Oct, 2020

What Is Back-Up Personality?

Let me open this paper by stating everyone in the whole world, the universe and everywhere is ultimately unique. There is only one of you. There is only one of me.

Attempting to identify 8-billion individual personalities on this planet, however, is less than helpful on an interpersonal level and takes a very, very, very long time.

Yet, with a bit of practice anyone can perceive someone else’s personality by mentally answering two simple questions:

Q1. How do they attempt to control their own feelings when in the company of other people?

Q2. How do they attempt to control the feelings and actions of the people they are with?

When answering the above two questions, mentally plot your perception to each on a scale of: 1 meaning high; 2 meaning moderately high; 3 meaning moderately low; and, 4 meaning low,

For example: in answering Q1 above, let’s say you perceive someone displays low emotion (E) but not in the extreme. So, you mentally plot them in the E2 column on the grid below.

In answer to Q2, you perceive the same person displays high assertiveness (A) but again, not in the extreme. So, you plot them along the A2 line on the grid below.

Where the two plots intersect determines your perception of that persons personalty, which can be amazingly accurate:


















How Does This Benefit That Relationship?

You have identified a COOL/TELLER with a WARM/ASKER backup (E2A2 on the grid above).

As a description of their general behaviour traits, this combination possesses moderate assertiveness, meaning they recognise the need to take charge, and moderate responsiveness, meaning they reserve their feelings for those they trust. They display sympathetic directness. They lead by example. They accept responsibility. They may require time to adjust. They may experience swings in mood.

Quid Pro Quo

To discuss this paper, request your Mutually Beneficial Leadership profiling system or arrange a team workshop, email info@uetp.co.uk or call 0044 7900 251258

NB: To effectively manage personal productivity within a team, UETP applies twelve specific relationship strategies relating to each of the sixteen personalities.

Complicated IS Easy! Simple IS Hard!