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Understanding the Personalities of Leaders, Followers, and Collaborators

Michael Maccoby

in Strategic Intelligence

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780199682386
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191762857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682386.003.0006
Understanding the Personalities of Leaders, Followers, and Collaborators

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Understanding personality is an essential part of strategic intelligence; it enables partnering and motivating. Understanding people is an art that is based on both conceptual and emotional understanding. It can be improved by the science of personality, especially the types first developed by Freud. The elements of personality include instinctual drives, social character, motivational type, talents and temperament, identity, and personal philosophy. The social character is formed to adapt people to their culture so that they want to do what they need to do to succeed. Changes in the dominant mode of work and the family structure have caused changes from a bureaucratic to interactive social character.

Keywords: bureaucratic social character; identity; instinctual drives; interactive social character; motivational type; personal philosophy; personality; social character; temperament

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Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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