People paths

ISTP personality type

ISTP: Introvert-Sensor-Thinker-Perceiver

  • Introverts tend to be reflective, reserved and private. A popular misconception is that introverts are shy – this is not necessarily so. They draw their energy from their own thoughts and the time they spend alone. Introverts do not need people around them all the time.
  • Sensors live in the present. They rely on facts, handle practical matters well and like things to be concrete and measurable.
  • Thinkers make decisions using logic and impersonal analysis. They think with their heads rather than their hearts.
  • Perceivers prefer a lifestyle that is spontaneous, flexible and adaptable. They like an environment that is unstructured, and like to keep their options open.

An ISTP at a glance

Let’s do it – get it done now! could easily be an ISTPs motto and description of their philosophy of life. They are very practical and action-orientated. ISTPs focus their energy at work and play on things that can be done and experienced now. Not next week… not next month. Action nourishes and sustains them, and they need it to thrive.

ISTPs are competitive, self-sufficient and able to function without needing to rely on support and encouragement from others. People who know them well are likely to describe them as intriguing, optimistic and loyal. The sort of person who lives in the here-and-now rather than in the past or future. People who do not know them well may see an ISTP as being rather reserved – perhaps shy. However, friends are likely to see them as a free spirit with an attractive quiet charm.

Their probable contributions to an organization

Each personality type has a different set of skills, talents and attributes that they bring to an organization, group or relationship. Here is a list of those most commonly associated with personality types like ISTP.

  • Enjoys the experience of delivering something new and important.
  • Excels when results are immediate. Suffers when the routine becomes too stable and boring.
  • Values flexibility, challenge, action and adventure. Enjoys variety and mastering new skills and techniques.

On a team

Some people work well on teams, others work best on their own. Understanding the personality types of team members provides information about how individuals are likely to carry out their work and interact with each other. Given the personality preferences of an ISTP, the following are the strengths (and possible weaknesses!) they will most likely bring to a team:

  • Is spontaneous, easy going and flexible.
  • Thoroughly evaluates all opinions, insights and ideas before acting.
  • Is the storehouse for facts, figures, details and different points of view.

ISTP leadership style

Each personality type has its own leadership style, strengths and blind spots. The following highlights an ISTP approach to leadership, provides clues as to how an ISTP will act in a leader role, and pinpoints some of the leadership qualities.

  • Sets an example; leads through actions, but is pragmatic and usually unobtrusive.
  • Is optimistic and cheerful with others in tackling issues.
  • Prefers equality and co-operation; evaluates all views before acting.

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