Relations - Type P
Type Ps in Relations have a great deal of interest in others and enjoy helping and contributing to the success of people. These individuals are the quintessential team players. They are known to be quite collaborative and are willing to sacrifice their own interests for the good of the team. They often consider the impact their actions have on others when making even minor decisions - their focus is on building trusting relationships.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
"If everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself."
– Henry Ford
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Type Ps in Relations shine especially well in longer-term teams that have been able to build trust and understanding with one another. This is further compounded in environments of high interdependence which effectively capitalizes on Type Ps’ ability to empathize, understand others, and build relationships.
One caution when working in teams like those described is the propensity for Type Ps to align their opinions too much with their peers to preserve relationships. It is critically important, for this reason, to be aware of and allow yourself room for healthy disagreement from time to time.
•What is the best group project you’ve been a part of?
•How do you serve your team in the occasions where you’re not the leader?
•Think about times when you’ve had an opposing opinion on how to do something but went with another person’s vision instead.
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Questions to Ask Yourself
What specific traits do the people I work with best have?
What to you is the key to a collaborative environment?
In what way do I specifically support other people? Is this the way that helps them the most?
How can I use my empathy and ability to relate to people in my work?
Graduating with a degree in geography from Oxford University, May started her career working in the financial sector for APACS and the Bank of England. After getting a taste for politics through her involvement as a local councillor, May eventually won a seat in parliament in 1997. Her career in politics progressed rapidly where she was appointed to several shadow cabinet positions for the minority Conservative Party. Under David Cameron’s government, she occupied one of the most influential posts in the UK, the office of the Home Secretary. Notably, May is the longest-serving Home Secretary since 1892. Upon Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister, May became the clear frontrunner for the position and was subsequently appointed in 2016. As Prime Minister, May would oversee one of the most contentious and difficult negotiations in recent memory, Britain’s exit from the European Union known as Brexit.
Throughout her career, May has been known as an ardent supporter of education and fierce opposition to crime and has on numerous occasions spoken out about ethnic and gender equity, calling for a more representative and unified government and people.
Throughout her career, Theresa May’s language in interviews and actions in politics are very much typical of a Type P. Consistently voicing the need for unification on a variety of fronts, May put these words into action when she visited Scotland’s First Minister only two days after being appointed Prime Minister. This action, showing the importance of their relationship, is textbook Type P and clearly represents two of the strengths associated with this type – consideration and collaboration.
Meanwhile, the way Theresa May handled the Brexit situation is quite telling. Despite personally voting against Brexit, May’s first comment to the public after becoming Prime Minister was on the need to represent the people’s decision on the matter. This was followed up seconds later by her calling for togetherness, unification, and a deal and government that works for everyone. This is representative of a Type P in that she willingly sacrificed her own feelings on the matter to serve the team (in this case the country) and the want to build trust between her and the people. May continued to demonstrate the best parts of Type Ps, being the ultimate team player, during and after her term as PM.