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.
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.
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.
Project a casual tone, use humor and personal anecdotes frequently, and describe past events with colorful language.
Meetings should be done in-person when possible, without a rigid agenda.
Emails should be friendly, casual, and personal.
Feedback should be focused on the high level and delivered with encouragement.
Conflict can be a powerful tool to discover new solutions and ideas, but can also lead to people arguing in circles.
When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, 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.
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, where they can use their verbal skills to communicate a vision and persuade others.
Common jobs for people with the I personality type are:
Public Relations Director
Public Relations Manager