Wednesday, January 11, 2012
In the middle
In the biography of Steve Jobs, I read about his partner at Apple, Steve Wozniak. Woz was coached by his father to work as an engineer. It was a respectable position in the middle of an organization. Don't get too high in any place, his father advised. I have similar feelings. In my Next Job Personality Profile, it says very accurately I think, "Your type blend into groups, quietly enjoying what is going on, but typically feel no need to control or take on a dominant role." I have not aspired to management because I don't have the voice for it, nor am I a particularly interesting speaker. I am not one that can keep the attention of a group for long, so I usual defer the flow of a conversation to others. I also don't want to get into the messiness of other people's lives. I would be bothered with having to babysit adults and remind them to be on time and keep their comments to themselves. However, I enjoy strong leadership in others. When someone is in charge, I feel my role is to support that individual. I don't feel like I need to bring them down a few pegs. I want to make their lives as easy as possible so I work with them and try to understand what needs to be done. I don't want to stand out, get called out, or be singled out. I also don't want to lower the average. It maybe a habit or a safety or a security thing. It is just there within me. I want to get along with people but I don't need to dominate people.