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Book: The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types by Linda Edelstein @lindanedelstein
My dice roll: 17
Lesson: Bossy Style personality traits
The Bossy personality is about control. Internal traits include being competitive, confident, and having very little shame. Interpersonal includes not being deterred by punishment or pain, gets the job done, and is boastful. The normal to extreme includes “quick responses, can be aggressive if threatened.” Often the Bossy personality is able to cloak negative traits in socially responsible work, such as business takeovers. In childhood, the Bossy type is charming and persuasive, but can also be insistent, relentless, and demand to be heard and obeyed. In adulthood, a Bossy type might not notice being avoided by co-workers because the only focus is on goals, such as making the company run smoothly.
My writing sample shows Xavier fitting into this personality.
“As you like, sir.” His secretary locked the door behind her and set the do-not-disturb block on the phone. She dropped the stack of signed papers into the inbox of a project manager and headed off to lunch.
Xavier flipped on the instant messenger computer program. Wend’s name was highlighted, bright as the dawn after a polar night. He stared at it for a minute. His mouse pointer caressed slowly back and forth over it. A smile crept onto his face.
“Hey you! Why are you on in the middle of the day? You aren’t at home sick, are you?”
“Hi.” He responded. “No, I’m not sick. Just on my lunch break at work. Figured I’d see if you were around.”
“Yup, I’m here. I don’t have class for another two hours. You better be careful, though. Your boss might not approve of you playing online at work, even if you are on break. My friend Beth was fired for that and hasn’t had a decent job since. She has to wait tables at this awful biker bar now, because that’s the only work she could get.”
Xavier laughed. “I think my boss already knows. He reads my every word, hears everything I say, and even knows my thoughts.”
“Wow. That’s kind of creepy.”
“Tell me about it. The boss was in my shower this morning and is wearing my underwear right now.”
Xavier roared with laughter. “Wend, I own this place. I own the whole building, actually. My name is on the front door.”
“Oh. Okay. That makes more sense. I was really worried for a second.” She inserted a laughing emoticon. “So what is it that you do?”
“I’m the president of a company that dabbles in several areas. Mostly we deal with acquisitions and mergers. It’s all kind of technical and boring. But, at the end of the day, we save a lot of jobs and businesses that would have otherwise vanished. We end up with new and improved ways to make and distribute products at lower costs. Best of all, I have some excellent resources to help my favorite charities.”
“That’s pretty cool, I guess. Where did you go to school to learn how to do all of that?”
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