The Four Temperament Styles

Human behavior styles have been divided into four distinct temperaments since the time of Hippocrates. Understanding the differences in these styles offers us an insight into what motivates ourselves and others. The effective leader applies this information to enhance communication, and to build successful teams. The model we use offers these four styles: DIRECTOR, INTEGRATOR, COMMUNICATOR, and THINKER.

What Temperament Style Are You?

Grab a piece of paper, read the following questions and add up the numbers you choose. Note there are two groups of questions.

 

GROUP 1 (x-axis)

Your usual work pace is:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
excited <-----------> relaxed

Your communicating style is:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
direct <-----------> indirect

Your decisions are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
spontaneous <-----> careful

You express opinions:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
readily <--------> with reserve

In work and play you are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
competitive <-----> cooperative

With others you are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
assertive <----------> patient

With rules, you prefer to:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
bend them <---> follow them


Now add up these numbers. 

Your total is __________.
You are now going to answer the questions in GROUP 2.

 

GROUP 2 (y-axis)

You prefer to work with others who are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
excited <-----------> relaxed

Socially, you are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
inward <-----------> outgoing

You prefer to work:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
solo <------------> with others

You base decisions on:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
evidence <---------> feeling

Meeting people, you are:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
formal <--------------> relaxed

With physical contact you:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
minimize it <------> initiate it

You think of yourself as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
strong willed <-------> open


Now add up these numbers.

Your total is __________. 

Plot your totals on the graph below.

 

The Final Step

Using the graph below, write in the total from Group 1 on the x-axis and the total from Group 2 on the y-axis. Draw an imaginary line between the two points, your temperament is within that quadrant.For example: Suppose you had 52 points in Group 1 (x-axis) and 43 points in Group 2 (y-axis). Your scores would place you in the Integrator quadrant.

For example: Suppose you had 52 points in Group 1 (x-axis) and 43 points in Group 2 (y-axis). Your scores would place you in the Integrator quadrant.

 

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