Conflict Personalities: The Composer

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What is a Composer personality?
Composers are individuals who are enthusiastic, who go with the flow, and who are often described as caretakers. They enjoy their work and what they do and, generally speaking, have good relationships with colleagues and managers.

In the workplace, they may be difficult to get to know at first. However, once rapport and trust has been built up, they become warm and cheerful, and enjoy having personal connections. Most importantly, they are loyal – to both colleagues and the organisation – and are eager to help those who might need it.

How do they get into conflict?
Ultimately, they try not to! Due to their happy-go-lucky nature, they’re more than happy to let others make decisions and dictate events. Even if they don’t necessarily agree with the course of action, they’d much rather avoid conflict and not make a fuss.

Having said that, Composers will defend those they have a good relationship with, especially when the other person doesn’t stand up for themselves. In fact, they’re more likely to stand up for others than they are themselves.

Who might they get into conflict with?
Commanders
Composers often get stressed about rules, regulations and processes, as well as repetitive schedules. And, as we’ve already seen, this is one of the Commander’s fortes! As they like to “rule with an iron fist”, so to speak, this may be an inevitable workplace conflict for the Composer.

Visionaries
Another major facet of the Composer personality is that they generally prefer to deal with simple ideas and themes. This is in contrast to the Visionaries personality, who often come up with grandiose theories that they’re more than proud to claim as their own. In projects and tasks, this clash of styles could come to the fore.

Masterminds
Much like Visionaries, Masterminds love to delve deep into ideas and concepts. And, while they may not be the ones who came up with them, they are more than happy to analyse it to its full extent. Composers, on the other hand, would prefer to go with the flow and take things on face value. Again, this clash of styles could create conflict in planning and drawing board stages.

What are they like when in conflict?
If push comes to shove and our Composer has to stand up for someone, they will appeal to their opponent’s emotions and values. They are loyal to their own beliefs and values, and would hope that the other person can do the same.

In the context of the workplace, this could lead to the kind of explosive and emotional fall out that leads to many mediation cases!

How can they resolve conflict more effectively?
Just like in any other conflict, early resolution is the best kind of resolution. By speaking up when things bother them and not bottling things up until breaking point, they can address disputes in a more positive and level-headed manner.

This can be done via informal meetings held by managers, or even a quiet discussion with the person they are in conflict with.

Where has UK Mediation encountered Composers?
Performers, as the name suggests, tend to occupy roles within the creative industry. It often conjures up images of musicians, writers, and actors – some of which we have worked with – but can also include marketing and IT types.

Individuals with this sort of personality could also end up in consultancy or freelancer roles. Here, they can enjoy the freedom of the role while still working closely with others.

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