Display your True Self at Work

Have you ever ran into a coworker on the weekend and they appear to be worry and stress-free? The cares of the previous week no longer exist and you’re able to see them in their true element. How can we show up as our true selves while also being productive in the workplace?


The five main personality types

Openness. These personality types tend to enjoy adventure, are more spontaneous and curious to new experiences.


Conscientiousness. These types thrive in routine, often enjoy planning activities, achievement-oriented and organized.


Extraversion. Also known as the social butterfly, this type thrives off of all things related to social interactions.


Agreeableness. Those who are very compassionate and empathetic toward the thoughts and opinion of others and are naturally accepting of different types of people.


Neuroticism. Neurotic people may tend to be more pessimistic, full of worry and display large amounts of anxiousness.



While we can experience and possess a mixture of all personality types, this can help identify how to be more fulfilled within your current role – or help you to discover your next career move. In order to make the best out of your current situation, how can you leverage your innate strengths and properly apply them in the workplace?


Openness. Opt for a new project within your current role that can help build your problem-solving skills while also re-centering your focus on routine or mundane tasks.


Conscientiousness. Lead a mini project or pinpoint ways to provide/source structure in unorganized work assignments.


Extraversion. Get involved within Employee Resource Groups that allow you to interact with others outside of your immediate role or function.


Agreeableness. Be on the lookout for ways to diffuse heated conversations within meetings or your team; leverage your synergy.


Neuroticism. Embrace and always look for the positives within yourself, your role and your coworkers.



Remember, you should be able to show up as your true self within your organization, function and role. Don’t shy away from having these discussions with management. If you don’t already, make sure you are having regular meetings with your direct manager to discuss current work goals, but also the skills you’d like to enhance and build over time. Creating this environment can take dedication and emotional intelligence, which is the ability to recognize and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. `


The five key components of Emotional intelligence (or EQ)


Self-Awareness. Having knowledge of all emotions and feelings while understanding the impact it may have on the people around you


Self-Regulation. Controlling your emotions and adjusting based on individual situations, remaining level-headed


Self-Motivation. Internally motivated to achieve goals, willing to do what’s necessary to yield great results


Empathy. Keen on listening, understanding and helping to contribute to the greater good of the tam


Social skills. Strong communicator that knows how to solve problems that can affect the team internally and externally


Whether you lead a team or are a self-contributor, these skills can positively impact your life personally and professionally. Showing up as your whole self creates a space of limitless opportunities!



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