Knowing this can be a massive advantage in your career

  • Post published:25/08/2021
  • Reading time:10 mins read

Know yourselfUnderstanding your own Personality Profile – and your coworkers’ profiles – can be a massive advantage to you in your career. After all, almost all business problems are people problems.

Imagine that you know someone’s Personality Profile, you will have insight into what their work behaviors are – whether for hiring or HR & Organizational Development.

Being the Team Manager, Project Leader, or just a colleague, you can work with them more effectively and what kind of traps and pitfalls they have a tendency to fall into.

Reference Profiles Explained

Reference ProfilesAfter a thorough analysis of millions of personality assessments, the Predictive Index Science Team identified 17 “Reference Profiles” that create a behavioral map for different types of people.

To create an even faster way to understand some basic information about Reference Profiles, they’ve each been assigned to one of four groups — Analytical, Social, Stabilizing, or Persistent.

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Analytical Profiles


AnalyzerAnalyzers are detail-oriented and thorough workers. Before making a decision, they need to ensure they can gather all the relevant data. For an Analyzer, nothing is more daunting than the thought of making an uninformed decision—especially if they are wrong.


The Controller is your go-to person when you need to a project to be in order. Controllers are self-disciplined and fast-paced. There’s never room for error in their work as they work hard to develop technical expertise and operate within established guidelines.


If anyone is to go down the proverbial “rabbit-hole”, it’s the Specialist. Although they require time, Specialists are the most reliable workers when detail is of the utmost importance. While others shout and steal the spotlight, you can trust Specialists to diligently be reading the fine print in the background. They are great support workers.


Unlike the previous reference profiles, the Strategist is a big-picture character. Although naturally introspective and reserved, Strategists are always prepared with a plan and know how to direct an organization long-term. They are factual leaders and are always happy to make a decision.


Just as the name suggests, Venturers are characterized by people who explore. These workers exceed in environments that push established boundaries. Strong-willed and goal-oriented Venturers will stop at nothing to achieve their innovative objectives.

Persistent Profiles


Confident, analytical, and persistent, Individualists are strong-minded people who approach challenges with confidence. These workers are driven by a need to solve problems, constantly moving the organization forward. Expect these workers to present unconventional ideas with characteristically strong conviction.


Scholars are reserved yet knowledgeable workers. These people are driven by a need for mastery in their areas of specialization. These workers value stability and consistency. Although they are solitary by nature, when you enter their space of expertise they are informative and authoritative.

Social Profiles


Humble and supportive, Altruists are precise and helpful colleagues. These extraverted workers are great teammates that remain level-headed even when things get heated, making them great diffusers of conflict. Altruists are detail-oriented and unafraid to delegate tasks. They usually follow-up strongly on task delegations.


CaptainAny group in need of an unwavering leader should look for a Captain. These individuals are independent and strong-willed, willing to accept any challenge and constantly raising the bar for their organizations. Captains work well under pressure and command stressful situations with an air of confidence and authority.


Often cooperative, empathetic, and patient, Collaborators are important teammates to enlist. These workers approach tasks with an open mind and are unafraid to consult multiple opinions before making a decision. They are unlikely to incite conflict and take steps to ensure everyone agrees before moving forward.


These workers often assume leadership positions. Mavericks are visionaries with high aspirations and incredible tolerance for risk. They are able to leverage their personality traits to connect with people and their values, thus improving their abilities to make their dreams a reality. Confident and fast-paced, Mavericks come into projects expecting to impact the status quo.


Charming and well-spoken, Persuaders won’t take no for an answer. These outspoken workers know how to work a room and motivate a team. By mobilizing groups and teams, Persuaders possess the ability to rally workers toward a single, unified goal.


Promoters are the kinds of workers that you want on the front lines. Extraverted and charismatic, these workers are hard not to like. They are fluent conversationalists that ask questions and listen intensely to everything you have to say. Promoters think “outside the box” and will empower others in pursuit of their goals.

Stabilizing Profiles


The ultimate generalist, Adapters are fluid team members that can take on many kinds of roles. They are motivated by a fairly balanced mix of Behavioural Drives, which can make them hard to read at times. These versatile workers can transform their working styles to meet the needs of the team.


Just as a house needs a strong foundation, every team needs a strong backbone. A Craftsmen can fill that need. They listen more than they speak and are diligent, deliberate, and reliable in their work.


Guardians are formal workers that bring structure and precision into the workplace. These workers are conservative in nature, often reluctant to make risky decisions. Guardians are approachable and reliable when it comes to ensuring the durability of day-to-day operations. Often perfectionists who are steady and dependable.


These workers are like the gears of a well-oiled machine. They are reliable and relaxed individuals who are informal in their work, but rarely drop the ball. Operators are cooperative and patient, with the ability to remain calm in nearly any circumstance.

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Tom Sorensen is an Associate Partner of Humanostics, a PI Certified Elite Partner, and authorised to use the science and assessment software of The Predictive Index®.

Contact me now to learn how your organization can benefit from the fastest growing assessment tools company in the world. My contact details here.

Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.