I Personality Type

The Motivator

What is an I personality type?

People with the I (Motivator) personality type tend to be enthusiastic, cheerful, and outgoing. They typically have an easy, relaxed, casual manner when speaking or interacting with others.

Type I Personality Traits

With a position on the top right of the DISC, Motivators are usually open and easy to approach, and are likely to be frequently involved with other people. Most Motivators so enjoy being with others that they often find ways to include interactions with others as part of their daily activities.

In summary, I personality types tend to…

  • Enjoy interacting with others.

  • Notice others quickly and help them feel comfortable in new groups.

  • Use charisma to bring people together, build rapport and share ideas.

  • Discuss high-level ideas and future possibilities.

  • Enjoy the challenge of meeting new people.

Strengths & Blind Spots

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the I personality type include...

  • Placing a high priority on personal interactions and relationships.

  • Solving problems by involving others in brainstorming and open discussion.

  • Offering lots of verbal encouragement when developing others.

  • Communicating in a spontaneous, emotionally expressive manner.

  • Trusting intuition and ability to improvise.

  • Using flexible schedules and open-ended approaches to time management.

  • Understanding how to motivate other people to take action.

  • Bringing energy and a sense of fun to a team.

Blind spots that are typically associated with the I personality type include…

  • Failing to evaluate problems realistically due to optimistic expectations of people/situations.

  • Spending more time interacting with people than on completing tasks.

  • Having trouble following consistent, predictable routines.

  • Having difficulty limiting time spent interacting with people or in meetings.

  • Trusting gut feelings when more planning is necessary.

  • Providing insufficient structure for people who need a defined approach to work.

  • Pursuing too many new ideas or opportunities at once.

  • Avoiding decisions that potentially involve losing approval or looking bad.

How I personality types like to work

Communicating with an I personality type

Project a casual tone, use humor and personal anecdotes frequently, and describe past events with colorful language.

Meeting with an I personality type

Meetings should be done in-person when possible, without a rigid agenda.

Emailing an I personality type

Emails should be friendly, casual, and personal.

Giving feedback to an I personality type

Feedback should be focused on the high level and delivered with encouragement.

Resolving conflict with an I personality type

Conflict can be a powerful tool to discover new solutions and ideas, but can also lead to people arguing in circles.

Motivators & Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Motivators tend to be motivated and energized by…

  • Regularly interacting with a large, diverse group of people.

  • Participating in group discussions and brainstorming sessions.

  • Providing verbal encouragement and telling stories.

  • Going on new adventures and pursuing abstract opportunities.

  • Taking the time to understand how someone else thinks.

  • Bouncing between multiple ideas at once.

  • Leaving their schedule open and flexible for spontaneous meetings throughout the day.

  • Thinking on their feet and figuring things out as you go.

  • Explaining things with emotional, expressive language.

Motivators tend to be drained by…

  • Solving problems with thorough analysis of the existing data.

  • Spending a lot of time to research the root causes of a problem.

  • Creating procedures, rules, and guidelines for other people to follow.

  • Helping others become more methodical and efficient in their processes.

  • Frequently asking factual, clarifying questions.

  • Taking time to meditate on a problem before making a final decision.

  • Communicating primarily in writing.

  • Working on projects independently and bringing results back to a group.

  • Inspecting and maintaining high quality results.

Work Environment

Motivators tend to thrive in environments where they can use their verbal skills to communicate a vision and persuade others. 

Motivators feel energized at work when:

  • They are asked to pursue a new opportunity for the group.
  • Their boss is open-minded and accepting of their ideas.
  • Their peers make an effort to get to know them.
  • Their direct reports are creative and inspiring.

Motivators feel drained at work when:

  • They need to spend a lot of time in isolation.
  • Their boss pushes them to be thorough and careful.
  • Their peers exclude them from events.
  • Their direct reports request formal scheduling.

Best jobs for an I personality type

Motivators thrive in positions where they can explore new ideas, discover new approaches to doing things, be creative, and consistently connect with people. They will likely prefer work environments that are more collaborative.

Common jobs for people with the I personality type are:

  • Public Relations Director

  • Public Relations Manager

  • Creative Director

  • Designer

  • Realtor

  • Travel agent

  • Artist

  • Musician

  • Copywriter

Professional Relationships

Motivators can help those who are more stubborn or fact-focused think outside the box to find new solutions to problems. When working with other I-types, it is important for them to hold themselves accountable by limiting their amount of socializing.

Motivators tend to work well with others who... 

  • Quickly build personal connections
  • Offer creative, exciting ideas
  • Take time to participate in group events outside of work

Motivators may hit obstacles in professional relationships if they…

  • Miss the deadline on an important project
  • Fail to think through a decision that impacts the group
  • Use humor to attempt to deflect attention from the seriousness of a situation

Romantic Relationships

Motivators can be idealistic, fun-loving partners. If in a relationship with another influential personality, it is important for them to work to maintain some level of commitment or consistency in their relationship.

In a romantic relationship, Motivators bring strengths like...  

  • Passion for sharing in new adventures
  • Desire to consistently maintain a positive attitude
  • Recognizing and communicating their own emotions

In romantic relationships, Motivators may have trouble...

  • Patiently working through problems
  • Planning for the future with their partner
  • Processing a tense situation logically

Related Personality Types

Below are the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs types that are similar to DISC Type I. 

Enneagram Type 7

Myers-Briggs ENFP or ESFP

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