Career Paths

Part 4 of my personality segment!

Part 1: Getting to Know Your Blogger

Part 2: Relationships

Part 3: Friendships

  • Good at supporting their co-workers
  • Defenders are skilled at remembering things about others

However, Defenders are unlikely to actively seek out managerial positions, and are still more unlikely to brag about their accomplishments. Defender personalities prefer to be rewarded by seeing first-hand the positive impact of their efforts, and will remain enthusiastic simply knowing that what they do is genuinely appreciated by the people they care for. This makes them natural counselors, technical support, and interior designers, where they are able to help others one-on-one without having to worry about corporate politics.

I think is pretty true. I prefer roles that support others. Or careers that help others. Things that make a difference. I like seeing that what I did helped, and knowing that people appreciate it. Kind of makes sense with the degree I pursued.

  • Respecting tradition and security, Defenders have no problem with the idea of moving along in a structured hierarchy, and while they may not always seek out these managerial positions, they fill them well
    • So I can see this. I don’t normally seek out jobs like that, but I am a hard worker so I would do whatever it takes to do the job. I have been in charge in my job as I was the lead teacher for the day care program for awhile, and I was able to do it, but it is not something I would choose to do.


  • Where Defenders struggle is in generating new ideas and in grasping abstract concepts – fields like academic research and corporate strategy are too intangible and too impersonal to utilize Defenders’ strengths. Similar challenges arise in more typical careers when changes are forced through by Defenders’ employers – advance warning and a proper explanation can help to smooth the shock
    • Ha! I laugh at this because I don’t like change. So yes, I would prefer a warning ahead of time and an explanation so that I am not taken completely off guard. I do think that sometimes I have a hard time coming up with new ideas, but if I am in a group bouncing off ideas, I can do better.


  • Defenders are warm, service-oriented people
    • I like to think this is true. I know I am not one that is always out serving, but I really do enjoy it. I remember one time I woke up one morning and received some news and I was shocked. I couldn’t even go to class. My roommates, being the sweet people that they are, suggested we go do service. We went out and left positive notes for people all around campus. I loved it! And I forgot all about my own problems.


  • Defenders share the goal of putting good service and dedication above all else


  • Whether helping customers directly, helping coworkers get projects finished on time or helping teams keep organized and productive, people with the Defender personality type can always be relied on for their kindness and ability to listen to concerns, and to find ways to resolve them
    • I do believe I can be relied on, especially when someone just needs to talk. Even if I can’t fix the problem, I will try.


  • Defenders exemplify the strength of humble dedication. Relied on and respected for their patience and commitment, Defender personalities really only seek one reward for their work: the satisfaction of knowing that whoever they helped feels heartfelt thanks


  • On the other hand, this humbleness can hold them back – Defenders are quite unwilling to advertise their achievements, often for fear of creating unnecessary friction, which makes it too easy for them to be overlooked when opportunities come along.
    • Yeah, I don’t tend to put myself out there, so I can see how I miss out on opportunities.


  • Defenders are people of incredible loyalty, often trying to follow favored managers to new positions and locations.


  • Close-knit and supportive teams are what Defenders enjoy most, allowing them to express their altruistic spirit among people who rely on their dedication and warmth.


  • Oftentimes they don’t actually enjoy managing others, but this can be one of their greatest strengths – as managers, Defenders are warm, approachable and great listeners. Having no real desire to issue authoritarian dictates from some high tower, Defender personalities prefer to work alongside their subordinates, organizing people and minimizing conflict.


  • While they may be slow to accept some changes, they are great at helping their teams put them into practice once they’ve been agreed on. Defenders may be too sensitive to be fully executive material, but they make exemplary floor and office managers who know what it takes to satisfy their customers.

How does your personality affect you in the work place? Are you a leader or a follower?

Anyway, that is an overview of this personality type. Pretty interesting! If you haven’t already, go find out yours!



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