Social - Type Q

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Social Type Qs are known to be exceptionally self-aware and introspective. This type, which contains facets of introversion, enjoy having time to think and reflect. Despite the stereotype we usually have with introversion, these individuals are still very much social people. This typically manifests as investing most of their time in a small, specific group of individuals and building deep relationships with them.

Type Description


Bill Gates

Founder, Microsoft


Attentive to Others

Top Strengths

Deep Work


“I went as an observer... I wanted to understand the issues, evaluate the arguments, see the caliber of the men involved.” – Nelson Mandela



Optimal Work Environment

Interview Prep

Find the team and work environment that best fit your type:

Highlight your unique strengths by thinking through these topics:

Type Qs perform best in smaller groups where they have developed a rapport and understanding of the other people. In bigger groups, it can be especially helpful to have an advocate that draws a Type Q into the discussion, particularly because Type Qs, through their reflection and deep focus on their work, often have an understanding or knowledge of the work that others haven’t considered. To best take advantage of this, it is crucial for Type Qs to find the right balance of working in teams and working independently which allows for their best work to be done.

•What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself recently?

•How do you work in groups? When do you contribute your most meaningful work?

•What have you learned by listening or observing others? How have you used that understanding in assignments, work, or life?

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Questions to Ask Yourself


What medium (people, books, or other resources) do I learn most from?

What are the characteristics of the people you’ve kept up with for the longest time?



To you, what is the ideal ratio of listening to speaking?

Where do your perspectives and your understanding of yourself vary from other people?




Bill Gates



Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the world’s wealthiest people and is also consistently ranked as one of the most impactful people. Surprisingly, this influence has as much to do with the work he does with his foundation, particularly in health and education, as it does his founding of one of the largest public companies by market cap.


Gates famously dropped out of Harvard University to co-found Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen. While initially starting small, by age 23 Microsoft hit a turning point when they won a contract to develop and license an operating system for IBM, known as MS-DOS. After several other well-executed moves by Gates, Microsoft developed many other software products we know today like Microsoft Windows and Office which eventually propelled them to the massive company they are today. After reducing his day-to-day involvement in Microsoft on several occasions, Gates finally stepped down as chairman and dedicated his work full-time to the foundation in 2014 where he currently works today.


From Bill Gates life, we can see many examples of Type Q characteristics. For instance, even from an early age, Gates was known to be an avid reader. This is a small example that shows the tendency of Type Qs to do their best learning when they are able to absorb, reflect, and contemplate. This could be anything from a book to the events of the day.


Furthermore, through accounts of his coworkers, when Gates encountered particularly difficult problems, he was likely to go off on his own, learn as much as he could on the subject, and brainstorm potential solutions and bring them back to the team. This is how he, and other Type Qs often do their best, most focused work. Lastly, Gates’s professional relationships are common of a Type Q. For instance, many of the top executives within Microsoft had been some of the initial employees or had been known by Bill long before Microsoft took off. Paul Allen, for instance, was friends and worked with Bill since at least the age of 15.


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