If you’ve been exposed to a personality model, you’ve probably experienced it like most people. You took an on-line assessment. A consultant presented your results in a slick booklet. If you’re lucky, you got a couple of hours of debriefing. By the end, you may have even been enthusiastic about the possibilities.
In my previous post I outlined the difference between internally and externally motivated leaders, both the bright and dark sides of their personalities. Which type would be better as president of the United States?
In this post I’ll use this framework to analyze the top two candidates on each side of the presidential race and let you decide. Here’s a re-cap.
I love politics! I care about what the candidates are talking about because I will vote for one of them to be the POTUS. Meanwhile I’m analyzing their personality.
The way a politician packages their message reveals a lot about their personality, how they view the world, what motivates them and how they will act in various situations.
Heightened tension between U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu around the Iran nuclear threat stems from core differences between the two leaders, and between the countries they represent. I disagree, however, with Robert Einhorn, advisor to Obama’s Iran strategy, who stated in a recent NYT article that these two leaders have “two different approaches to dealing with Iran that today may be fundamentally irreconcilable.”
The two different approaches that Einhorn mentions and which are described in detail in the NYT article, are rooted personality differences that exist in individuals and are manifested in entire political systems and cultures. I see these every day in our work with leaders, teachers, negotiators, and parents.
Origninally discovered by clinical psychologist, Dr. Taibi Kahler, there are six distinct personality types that are present in all cultures worldwide. All six of these personality types exist within each of us in a preferred, set order. Of these, the two most likely to assume leadership positions are the Thinker and Persister.