Quick question, are you an?
- Adventurer: Always jumping into risky ideas
- Optimist: Finding the bright side of any situation
- Problem Solver: Cracking the code on the toughest problems
- Caregiver: Lending a hand when others need help
- Regulator: Staying effortlessly cool under pressure
Your meQ personality determines not just how you respond to stress, but also what you need to thrive. When you understand the upsides and downsides of your type, you can harness your strengths—and gain valuable insight into those around you, too.
Here’s a guide to each:
Strength: You’re not afraid of a little risk, which makes you more open to growth and learning.
Challenge: You step on the gas, sometimes before you know where you’re going—which means you occasionally miss important details.
Strength: Envisioning the best outcome allows you to persevere, even when others have given up.
Maximize it: When anxiety runs rampant at work, positivity is not only helpful, it’s necessary. Spread joy by acknowledging others for a job well done, openly expressing thanks, and reminding people of what’s going well.
Challenge: Overly optimistic people tend to make riskier decisions, which keeps them from devising a plan B.
Manage it: Practice realistic optimism: Hope for the best, but prepare for anything. If a deadline is looking tight, for example, keep working towards your target date—but let your team know so no one is caught off guard if things don’t work out the way you’d planned.
The Problem Solver
Strength: You’re enticed, rather than intimidated, by problems without obvious solutions—and you won’t stop until you have an answer.
Challenge: When you’re laser-focused on the “fix,” you may dive in to solution-mode too quickly without thoroughly thinking through the situation or before the problem has fully formed.
Strength: You have a keen sense of what others need and use that to help however you can.
Maximize it: Personality clashes are the primary cause of workplace conflict, but you notice perspectives that are often overlooked. Flex your empathy muscle to prevent conflict before it starts: A coworker’s point was missed? Call it out. A new employee seems stressed? Grab a coffee together and ask how they’re doing.
Challenge: You’re everyone’s go-to person, but your productivity (and well-being) pay the price when you can’t keep up with growing demands.
Manage it: The next time someone asks for something, take a moment to check in with your stress level and schedule before responding. You don’t have to say no, but answer with honesty: “I’ll do what I can, but realistically I won’t get to it until…” or, “I don’t have time, but I can refer you to someone else who can help.”
Strength: You’re cool, calm, and collected—even when life gets hectic.
Challenge: Over-regulating disconnects you from the present moment.
Manage it: Suppressing your emotions is not the same as regulating them. Give yourself permission to acknowledge how you really feel, and embrace uncertainty with a mantra for when things don’t go as you’d like, such as, “I can’t always control the outcome, but I can handle whatever comes my way.”