#NSLCMAST students learned about the Personality Matrix today during a session led by A’ric Jackson. Through an activity, students are divided into four personality groups based on how they respond to a series of questions. These groups were assigned a task: to come up with three strengths, three weaknesses, a mode of transportation, a movie, and a song that embodies their characteristics – before learning what Mr. Jackson’s definitions of these groups are. Each personality type (koala, peacock, owl, and lion) corresponds with a leadership style.

Which kind of leader are you? The brief descriptions below give a good idea of which characteristics are dominant forces in one’s personality. It is possible to have a mix, but go with your gut when reading the descriptions to see where you might find yourself on the personality matrix.

Thinker (Owl): Owls tend to analyze in their head a lot and process information internally. They are non-procrastinators and like to be prepared. Quality over quantity is their motto, and they like to be detailed and accurate. Owls are problem solvers, and tend to be task-oriented over people-oriented.

Director (Lion): Lions can be trusted to accomplish a task on time, and are very goal driven. If they can get a task done now, they’ll get it done now. They’re honest to a fault, and often find it easier to apologize than ask for permission.

Socializer (Peacock): Peacocks are the socializers of the groups – they’re the party people, and are often found where the action is. They are excellent when they themselves are excited and are fantastic at getting other excited. Peacocks are alliance builders and can be very persuasive. They’re idea people, so dreams and brainstorming is their game.

Relater (Koala): Koalas are warm and nurturing. They are people oriented and don’t want anyone to have his or her feelings hurt. Koalas are excellent listeners, are relaxed and approachable, and their strong network of close friends makes them great team players.


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