Perceptions and personalities

The way you perceive the world; the way you think about an event, challenge or situation, is not just a straight transcript of the reality. The way you perceive reality is multiplied out by your emotions. In fact, your emotions can have a much greater influence on your perception of reality than you think, hence the equation:


Imagine this: it has been a long day and nearing midnight with still so much to be done to complete the latest challenge, emotions are running high. Factual details became lost and the emotive view of the situation takes over. People start ‘contributing’ to the group exercise based purely on their own personal view of the situation and on how tired there are. We all start seeing hidden motivations and nuances to facts & figures that are not really there.

It is not coincidence that places where teamwork really matters (think ‘army’ or ‘fire-service’) places where teamwork is literally a matter of life and death that the team-building experience goes beyond the civilised front we all like to present to the world and heads into the inner emotional core. By knowing your own inner-self you can learn about how you will react when the big money is on the table and stress is running high.

I don’t have an ‘emotion-meter’ to measure your emotional state but I can tell you that different personalities see the world in different ways. Each personality type has a different set of triggers that will influence their emotional state, from the risk adverse, the artistic creative person, the talkative extrovert, the gambling hustlers and the technical experts.

This leads us to a new equation:

And I can tell you a lot about personalities. When stress is high, people revert to their core character and personality traits.

People live and die in their own frame of reference (LL&P Spock RIP), and by studying on the IYLC leadership courses you will be able to start predicting outcomes, seeing people’s hot-buttons as if they were printed on paper and to fine tune your own leadership performance.

Personality profiles can tell us a lot about ourselves, and of course about other people. From the cars we drive, colour, make and engine size; to the clothes and jewellery we wear. Our personalities influence every decision and choice we make. IYLC can teach you how to read and reverse-engineer these signals and understand the nature of the person at the wheel of the car, wearing THAT dress or sporting the latest luxury watch.

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Simon Parker is a director with the International Young Leaders Club, based out of Geneva, Switzerland. For more information on the work of IYLC and how you can develop your skills in observation and understanding and what makes people tick, visit the website: or call us on +41 79 780 2139.