NextGen Know-How: How to calm Type A tendencies

Embrace the strengths of your personality traits and learn to see the benefits of others.

by Laurie Maddalena, MBA, CPCC, PHR, CU Management

I’ve often admired people who are flexible and laid back; who have a more carefree approach to life and live in the moment. I know I can benefit from a dose of that approach, although I’ll admit those traits often trigger my Type A tendencies. I like to seize the day, get a lot done, check things off my list, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

When I took the StrengthsFinder assessment years ago, one of my top talents was “Achiever.” An achiever is described as someone who is driven, has an internal fire, and has a need to achieve something tangible every day (yes, even on weekends). And while this talent has served me very well, it can also be a source of frustration and stress.

Indeed, any strength overused can become a liability.

Over the years, I’ve learned to manage the negative side of achievement and channel that strength in a productive way. Achievement is just one of the “Type A” tendencies I have that can rear its ugly head and send me into a state of overwhelm that can show up as snippiness and impatience.

So how do you know if you have Type A tendencies?

While this is in no way a formal definition, if the statements below sound familiar, you may be Type A.


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