Welcome to the first instalment of our ‘Conflict Personalities‘ series!
Every month, we’ll be focusing on one of the 16 different personality types, as defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. We’ll be looking at what these personality types look like, how they get into and deal with conflict, and the role they may commonly have in a dispute.
So let’s take a look at the first personality type, that of the Architect…
What is an Architect personality?
Architects are philosophers and innovators, primarily interested in logic, analytics, and systems. They actively search out theories and want to uncover the reasons why things are the way they are.
To others, Architects can often appear to be detached, distant, or oblivious. In fact, they are just spending their time internally; exploring ideas, trying to find reasoning, and making logical connections between the two.
How do they get into conflict?
Sometimes perceived as know-it-alls, Architects won’t hesitate to tell someone when they’re in the wrong about something. No matter the situation, whether it be in front of the entire workplace or a senior manager, they will be sure to tell them there and then – which can obviously cause some issues!
Especially during heated debates, they may also ask probing and calculated questions to expose flaws in others’ ways of thinking. This can earn them a less-than-favourable reputation for being somewhat manipulative too.
And, lastly, Architects also have a penchant for being overly-technical or detail-orientated. When used in conversation, this can unfortunately make others feel inferior and, as a result, upset.
Who might they get into conflict with?
Protectors hate conflict and often carry out behind-the-scenes mediation amongst their friends. What they especially dislike, however, is when a friend or colleague is picked on, which Architects can appear to do. This could lead to a conflict in and of itself.
Supervisors have a “my way or the highway” approach and, generally, don’t like to listen to others – enter the Architect to dig them out on an inaccuracy in front of everyone! Be prepared for a cold and calculating confrontation!
Performers can be quite direct and matter-of-fact, especially when it relates to causes that are personal to them or people they like. What’s more, they generally deal with conflict from a purely emotional view. So, while they won’t take any stick from an Architect, they also have completely contrasting conflict styles.
What are they like when in conflict?
Generally speaking, Architects are cool, calm, and collected. Having analysed what’s available to them, they will state clear facts and explain what they mean.
Where they struggle, however, is when the conflict is of an emotional nature. Because they believe that decisions should be made on logic and reasoning, they simply won’t accept any appeal to feelings, especially when it comes to a high-value business contract or a crucial work project!
How can they resolve conflict more effectively?
Simply put, realise that others are different to them! While they make decisions only with their head, others may do the same with their heart. And, in fact, it may also help to realise that there’s benefits to this approach too, especially when it comes to resolving interpersonal disputes.
When arguing a point, Architects also need to consider who it affects and whose skill set might be most viable for a resolution. Perhaps, on this occasion, logic might not be the best reasoning – is it better to find someone who is better with the human side of things and listen to their judgement?
Where has UK Mediation encountered Architects?
Over the last twenty years, we have come across many Architects through mediation cases within various sectors. Usually, they will be in a position of power at hierarchical organisations, such as within universities or the Armed Forces.
They have got to these positions through specialised knowledge, continued studying, and hard work, and may have even sacrificed their social life to have achieved this.
Roles that could be included in this are: Police Inspectors, Military Sergeants, and Senior University Professors.